Christmas and the holidays are not always filled with joy and happiness. For some families, it may be the first Christmas without a spouse, a child, a parent or other loved one. It’s a difficult time to get through the holiday, knowing that your loved one for the first time is not there.
This Florida father tried to make this Christmas for his son a little bit better. He gave his son a gift that will keep on giving. The gift was a stuffed monkey from ‘Build-A-Bear’. But the father had an extra special voice inside. This stuffed monkey was given the son’s deceased mother’s voice, so that he could keep her memory alive a little longer.
Antonio Vargas Sr. of Orlando, captured the touching moments from creating the Christmas present to gifting it to his son, Antonio Jr.. His son later burst into tears while holding the stuffed monkey from ‘Build-A-Bear’ with his mother’s voice inside.
Antonio Jr. prematurely lost his mother in July of this year. The father had several recordings of her voice speaking to her ‘little monkey.’ He brought the recordings to ‘Build-A-Bear’ and began to make holiday magic happen for his beloved son.
Antonio Vargas Sr. posted the videos of the process, as well as the result, to his Facebook page. The emotions in creating the Christmas gift for his son at the workshop is palpable.
‘This is a real big touching moment as a parent prepping this monkey to have a heartbeat and to speak to my son, so that my son can hear his mother’s voice again. She passed away on 4th of July. We always called our son our little monkey. So on Christmas Day, his dream came true!!! I love my little man with all my heart, Daddy loves you.’
Every time Vargas’ son presses the stuffed monkey’s hands, feet, and belly, a voice recording of his late mother will say: ‘I love you to the world and back,’ and ‘Give me a big hug, I love you,’ or ‘I love you guys so much and I will always love you,’ and ‘Tell him Mommy loves him.’
Wow! How touching is that?!
For a young man who is dealing with an extremely hard loss and unimaginable grief, this little monkey was certainly the perfect Christmas gift.
This father knew exactly how to keep her memory close to her son for their first Christmas without her.
Who is not touched by that video? What a thoughtful gift! Talk about a very special stuffed little monkey that will bring joy to a young boy on his first Christmas without his mother. Something tells me this gift may get passed from generation to generation. This Christmas gift with the mother’s voice is truly a gift with holiday magic.
This holiday season, as you celebrate with your friends, family and loved ones, remember there are those that may be feeling a little sadness this Christmas season, as it may be their first without someone special in their life. May Christmas bring back those memories of loved ones for us all. May we cherish the memories and times with those we once loved. May we share their memories with others…even if it’s a special stuffed monkey with a holiday gift. Such a beautiful timeless gift of love.
Peace be with you.