Saturday, December 19, 2009

The True Christmas Spirit

The Christmas season is upon us and the stores participate wither they believe in the Birth of Jesus Christ or not because it is all about money. I choose not to buy anything from merchants who do not believe. It is so easy to know where they stand because they say happy holidays and nothing about Christmas and the birth of our savior in their  voice or decorations, I keep this boycott going through the rest of the year.

Some time ago a friend sent me the following in her Christmas card. I kept it these many years and I would like to pass it on to you.
            10 FREE gifts for Christmas (You don’t even have to shop for them.)

1.  The gift of LISTENING - Why not give this valuable gift to someone who lives alone?  And you must really listen.  No interrupting, no daydreaming, no planning your responses.  Just listen.

2.  The gift of SIGNS OF AFFECTIONS – Be generous with your hugs and gentle squeezes of the hand. Let these tiny actions demonstrate the love inside YOU.

3.  The gift of a NOTE.  It can be as simple as "I love you," or as creative as a sonnet.  Put your notes where they will surprise your loved ones.

4.  The gift of LAUGHTER - Just cut out a cartoon or clever article. Your gift will say, "I love to laugh with you."

5.  The gift of a COMPLIMENT – A simple “You look great in blue” or I like your hair” or “Good supper honey” can be the greatest value to those who may feel they are taken for granted.

6.  The gift of a FAVOR – Help with the dishes, clean out the basement or a closet .

7.  The gift of LEAVING ALONE – There are times in our lives when we want nothing better than to be left alone. Become more sensitive to those times and give solitude.

8.  The gift of a CHEERFUL DISPOSITION – Try to be cheerful around those you love especially.

9.  The gift of a GAME -- Offer to play your loved one's favorite game.  Even if you lose, you will be a winner.

10.  The gift of PRAYER -- Pray for those on your Christmas list.  Praying for someone says, "You are so special to me that I talk to God about you, thanking HIm for His Gift."


  1. Immigrant Daughter, I will take these 10 gifts and treasure them. It is true, alot of people have forgotten or were not given the true meaning of Christmas. I wish you all the best at this lovely time of year. Kind regards, Anita.

  2. I have visited lately,like everyone been so busy. I am glad things are calming down now. All gifts are made and the ones mailed are off and away. I love today's post. You are so right. The best things in live aren't things. I also like the post about learning to drive. I also learned on a stick shift. I had no father or brother to teach me so a friend did and I had to borrow a car to take the test. Good memories. Blessing for a holy Christmas.

  3. I wish you a Merry Christmas! Thank you for the 10 free gifts of Christmas.

  4. I love your boycott idea that you adhere to all year round! All pics still not showing, so will have to return. I am trying to figure out what your ancestry is...Greek, I think. Love to hear your stories.

  5. What a wonderful, wise lady you are. The photos are coming through now and I am enjoying looking at them. Thank you! I can tell from the photos what a fine, upstanding family you have.