Wednesday, December 25, 2013

The Spirit of Christmas Giving

“One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas day. Don't clean it up too quickly." ~Andy Rooney

Merry Christmas, everybody! I hope you had one of those glorious messes on your living room floor or if not on your floor then you witnessed the mess of Christmas gift opening on another floor of the house of someone dear to you. 

The Spirit of Christmas Giving
 
The spirit of Christmas giving is alive and well in most households with excited children running to check what they can find under the tree on Christmas morning. And sometimes we discover the truth of that saying that it is more blessed to give than receive. 

The Joy of Giving
 
Here's a story Gladys shared about a time she embraced that blessing. "When working in the junior department at our church, I became acquainted with a family that had five young children and it was obvious they would not get much for Christmas. The mother could barely dress the children for Sunday School, but they attended faithfully and were very well behaved. I  handmade presents for each of those children for Christmas. I did not give my gifts at church, for it could not be done unseen. I took them to their home. It was so delightful to see the eyes of those children light up. Their mother sent me a note thanking me for remembering her children. I will never forget that night or those children."   

And Kathleen tells of a time when selfless giving brought her joy. "The best gift I gave was the one the Lord had to remind me. Money to a single mother anonymously in a card that I wrote, "This is for you for perfume or anything you might want for yourself." After Christmas we were side-by-side in the parking lot after church. I rolled down my window and asked, "How was your Christmas?" The little girl bounced on the seat and with a big smile said it was wonderful. I never told and it gave me such joy!"

Christmas is Love

And last here's a story that really touched my heart and that I saved to post today on Christmas Day. Such wonderful love this man showed for his wife and isn't that what Christmas is all about - love? But I'll let Karen tell the story in her own words.
"This is not the worst gift but the best Christmas present I ever received was from my husband after he died. In September of 1991 my husband asked my son to take him Christmas shopping for my gift. He died a month later.  He knew he wouldn't be here at Christmas. We talked that I would finish my accounting degree after he died. At Christmas my son said that he didn't understand the gift that Pop picked out and that he arranged with the shop owner that I could get an exchange. The gift was a briefcase and a most wonderful note that said, 'I'll be with you everyday when you go back to school.' I did get my degree and I took him to school everyday." 

Merry Christmas
 
Thank you for sharing your Christmas gift stories. May you be blessed with the abounding love and joy that makes up what we call Christmas Spirit. 


"For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!" (Luke 2:11-14 NKJ)


 


 

 

5 comments:

  1. Lovely post Ann. It looks as though you had a wonderful Christmas, as did I. Here comes a new year! I have a feeling it will be magnificent!

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    1. It's so good that you can welcome the new year with such optimism! Each day a blessing, right? Enjoy and thanks for your comment. We did have a very nice Christmas. And I'm still enjoying the Christmas tree lights for a little longer.

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  2. I want to thank you for sharing these stories. Wonderful gifts to each of us.

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    1. I'm so glad you've enjoyed the stories I've shared forward. I feel so blessed by each of the stories readers share with me. I can't share them all forward, but I was touched by Karen's story. I got an e-mail from Karen to say she's remarried and very happy with her husband now, but she will always remember her first love and that gift of love.

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  3. Dear Ann: The books that I won in the Christmas contest just arrived this afternoon. I am thrilled with your book, Small Town Girl, as it is one of the books that I had not read yet, and I am so delighted as well to have two other Christmas books, Sarah's Christmas Miracle by Mary Ellis, and A Simple Christmas Wish, by
    Melody Carlson. This may be what you called second prize, but to me, it is like winning three times!!!! How great is that??!!!! Thank you so much for making my day. I couldn't find my photos of the two chairs that I wrote about, but I will take photos of them when I am at my daughter's house the next time. I forgot to do that on Christmas Day but our day was quite busy and I just forgot to take photos other than of my three grandchildren. I will do it next time I am there. Thank you so much for the lovely books. I can't ever say that I have not won anything as I sure have especially when it is three books in one prize. :) Sincerely, Cynthia B

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