last minute, long-lasting christmas gifts

if you’ve read this blog for a while, you’ll know that i’m generally not a big fan of prayers sent along via emails, or similar material (see my rant against the email with the prayer of saint theresa, for example). but once in a while something comes along in my inbox that really touches me.

here is a suggestion for a whole different sort of christmas gifts:

mend a quarrel.
seek out a forgotten friend.
write a long overdue love note.
hug someone tightly and whisper, “i love you so.”
forgive an enemy.
be gentle and patient with an angry person.
gladden the heart of a child.
find the time to keep a promise.
make or bake something for someone else. anonymously.
release a grudge.
listen.
speak kindly to a stranger.
enter into another’s sorrow.
smile.
laugh a little.
laugh a little more.
take a walk with a friend.
lessen your demands on others.
play some beautiful music during the evening meal.
apologize if you were wrong.
turn off the television and talk.
treat someone to an ice-cream cone (yogurt would be fine).
do the dishes for the family.
pray for someone who helped you when you hurt.
fix breakfast on saturday morning.
give a soft answer even though you feel strongly.
encourage an older person.
point out one thing you appreciate most about someone you work with or live near.
offer to baby-sit for a weary mother.

(it turns out this comes from day by day with charles swindoll)

4 thoughts on “last minute, long-lasting christmas gifts

  1. Bill

    Excellent post to remind everyone that the holidays are much more then a time to give gifts. It’s a time to share with family, friends, and neighbors. After losing some family members and one friend in 2008, I too was reminded how short life really is.

    Happy Holidays! ~ Bill

  2. Wer

    That is a beautiful one! What better way to celebrate Christmas than to share and care for another and give oneself for others like how Christ gave Himself for us. Each sentence of the poem is so full of meaning.

  3. Corporate Change

    These are great ideas for Christmas gifts! Some people think that material things are the best way to go by, but really… the best things in life are those that cannot be bought.

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