The final day of my journey through the things that mean Christmas to me is of course giving. I love to give! It can be giving presents, giving time, giving of your heart, etc.
I have always tried the best I could to try to find that “perfect” gift to give someone that WOW moment when they open a present. I delight in watching my daughter open her gifts. I don’t think I can ever top the year I got her a new instrument (a piccolo). She was completely unaware and really surprised. No big surprises this year but I do really hope she loves her Crazy Frog Lady shirt.
At this time of year I always wish I had more energy so I could give of my time more. Volunteering to be a bell-ringer for Salvation Army. Or work at a the homeless shelter to feed the hungry. I do it more in small personal doses. Giving time to my Dad to just visit a while. Writing letters to friends and family I cannot visit. Some of those small gift that are “free” can mean a lot too.
Around the holidays people often give to charities as well. Whether it be a toy drive or your favorite charity with an end of the year gift it is giving for those who need help. Just once I would like to win the lottery to be able to do more than a $5 or $10 donation.
No matter what you give do so freely and with pure love in your heart. I have learned if you give with strings attached it can just cause heartache. Giving freely and without conditions is the only way to guarantee it will not hurt you in the end.
I hope you take the time to embrace all that Christmas means to you. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone!!!!
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