“Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to give something back by becoming more.” Tony Robbins
I’m very, very lucky because I HAVE most everything I NEED. My husband, son and I have agreed that our ‘gift’ to each other at Christmas is being together, if possible. This year I feel doubly lucky, in that my son will be home from Florida for Christmas, and then is leaving for probably a year’s stay in Shanghai. I’ll be able to fill up my ‘good hugs’ jar before he leaves.
“We’ve got this gift of love, but love is like a precious plant. You can’t just accept it and leave it in the cupboard or just think it’s going to get on by itself. You’ve got to keep watering it. You’ve got to really look after it and nurture it.” John Lennon.
The very best gift I received as a child was when my parents got my older brother and me 3 speed English bicycles. We had no idea. I still don’t know how they kept the secret, or how they turned up in the garage on Christmas morning, but my brother and I were equally stunned and delighted. I guess our return gift to THEM that Christmas was riding our bikes off into the distance and giving them some richly deserved peace and quiet at home. :0)
”Snowman Noel” – Hand Painted Resin Figurine by Charlene Bodero
Ornaments-Glass-Hand-Painted-Set-of-6 by Linda Lewis
“I think, at a child’s birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift should be curiosity.” Eleanor Roosevelt
The best gift I ever gave to my parents (other than the birth of their grandchild) was a gift my husband and I gave my dad on the 4th of July. This was my dad’s favorite holiday. When he was very ill, insult was added to injury by his losing most of his eyesight. We got the idea of putting on a personal fireworks display in our back yard, since my dad COULD see those. He loved it. Tears rolled as my husband practically killed himself lighting firework after firework. He never was one to say a lot, but he hugged us over and over that night.
“The greatest gift is a portion of thyself.” Ralph Waldo Emerson.
One of the most emotional and welcome gifts my husband and I ever received was from my mom. To make a long story short, my husband and I had budgeted so that we could have my son attend a private school while my husband worked in that city. We were stretched to the limit, but we came up with the money for the school. Then the bottom fell out. We found that my husband’s and son’s living arrangements suddenly fell through. We couldn’t afford to pay for both, and the school wouldn’t refund the tuition. We were at our wit’s end when my mom called. After talking awhile, she sensed something was wrong. I finally told her our careful plans had imploded. She called back later that evening, saying, “Quit worrying. I’ve paid the tuition for the year. You handle the living arrangements.” We still tear up when we think of her incredible generosity.
“The greatest gift that you can give to others is the gift of unconditional love and acceptance.” Brian Tracy
One of the most wonderful gifts my son ever gave me was when he personally shopped for a whole box of art supplies for me. It was a treasure trove of things he knew I used, plus things I hadn’t ever seen before. I had several months of joy experimenting with new media and using much better paint brushes than I ever had before. I was delighted to find new things I loved to do – all because of my son’s careful choices.
“I am in the habit of looking not so much to the nature of a gift as to the spirit in which it is offered.” Robert Louis Stevenson.
Towel – Finger Tip – Cross Stitch by Angela Kiefer
I take a lot more time with Christmas cards now than I used to. I used to write a “2011 Christmas Letter,” for example, run off copies and fold them up to put them in cards to send out. Then, I figured out that I really didn’t find out what the people I cared about were doing. Now I send Christmas cards early. I may still type a letter on the computer and run it off, but the main thrust of the letter is asking what my friends and family are doing, so that we can really catch up. Now, when we get cards, many of them are responding to my questions, so I feel that I know what’s going on – much more satisfying than before!
Little-Doily by Nancy Hearne
“A friend is a gift you give yourself.” Robert Louis Stevenson
What gifts will YOU give this season?
“My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.” Jim Valvano
“Bearing-Gifts”-Christmas-Bear by Debbie Garrett
“There are souls in this world which have the gift of finding joy everywhere and of leaving it behind them when they go.” Jean Paul