Christmas is a very big deal to our family! We’re the kind who play Christmas music by the end of October, put up the tree and ceramic village at Thanksgiving, and aim for a bigger, better outdoor light display every year. We could watch our holiday movies with the sound muted, since we have every word of dialogue memorized. The stockings hung over the fireplace were handmade by Grandma and the neglected piano gets dusted off and opened to play Christmas carols. It truly is our favorite season.
An important tradition for all of us includes the gifts we share. Last Christmas, stacks of brightly-wrapped packages reflected the lights beneath the tree. Every gift had been carefully chosen to bring delight and joy. Each box and bag represented a sacrifice of time, thought, and money to purchase the articles inside. A sense of anticipation built until our family gathered around to share a sweet time of giving to one another.
Yet as another Christmas draws near, last year’s gifts have faded in our minds. The gift cards have been spent. Lego sets are scrambled together in a bin. Chocolates and candies left a trail of crinkled, empty wrappers to be thrown away. Once-new shoes and sweaters are becoming worn and faded. Presents that made us smile have become lost, broken, used up, or set aside in the busyness of our days. So few of our Christmas gifts can offer anything that lasts.
In this season, let’s look at shopping, wrapping, and celebrating with a fresh perspective. Here are six ways to give gifts that keep on giving to our families:
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