HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The wisest of words oftentimes come from the mouths of children. That was the case for a Hattiesburg girl this holiday season.
Bergandee Hibbler was wrapping Christmas presents for her family when she said she stumbled upon a letter her daughter wrote for Santa.
Most little girls ask for Barbie dolls and stuffed animals for Christmas, but seven-year-old Serenity Sullivan asked for something much more special.
"I don't care about money and gifts because Christmas just ain't gonna be Christmas without my family's love," said Serenity in her letter to Santa. "I want everybody to get a present from me but I just ain't rich. I know how I'm rich in one way, my family's love."
The letter went on to state a life lesson that is wise beyond her years.
"It's better to give than to receive," said Serenity in her letter.
The selfless little girl ended her letter to Santa expressing her faith in God with an excerpt from Sara Young's Jesus Calling devotional.
"I speak to you from the depths of eternity. Before the world was formed, you hear me in the depths of your being, where I have taken up residence," said the letter.
Hibbler credits her daughter's wisdom to the way she chooses to raise her family.
"Children pick up on the principles you teach, what you show and how you live," said Hibbler "This warmed my heart, and made me proud!"
Of course, Serenity and her family did not wake up on Christmas morning empty handed. Hibbler said her daughter received clothes, shoes, an American Doll, a Barbie dream doll house and a "cra-z-knitz" knitting station from Santa this year.