Sacrificing Socks & Secret Santa Surprises

A few years ago, Blackhawk did a “Socks For Our City” drive, collecting socks for people who needed them in Madison. We were all told to bring in new socks to donate, and by surprise, we were encouraged to donate the socks on our feet to be dry cleaned and handed out. It was a cold, rainy, late fall evening and I was wearing (I am not exaggerating) my favorite pair of socks! They were thick, gray wool ones that my mom had given me to keep my college student toes warm as I trekked from class to class. However, knowing it was the right thing to do, I rather sadly gave up my socks.

A month later, my friends and I were exchanging Secret Santa gifts in the dorm. When I opened up my gift, to my surprise, my Secret Santa had randomly purchased a set of three, thick, comfy, and adorable pairs of socks for me! I instantly thought back to that moment I seriously debated sacrificing my one pair at church, and here I was gifted three even better pairs!

When it comes to giving and receiving – which seems to be the rather realistic and skewed theme of modern day Christmas – I like to recall this little story as a reminder that giving is never as dramatic as it first seems. In fact, it usually ends up better than imagined!

Written by Mari Etzel

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1 Response to “Sacrificing Socks & Secret Santa Surprises”


  1. 1 Nancy November 4, 2008 at 9:56 pm

    Mari, I washed all the socks that were turned in. My Dad and I paired them up and got them ready for the shelters. I remember showing him a couple of pairs of almost new really nice warm socks. Maybe one was yours. I love your story!


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