December 22

Reflection

The act of gift giving could be as old as humans. It has symbolic meaning in nearly every culture for as long as humanity has existed. Gift giving symbolizes love and appreciation. However, since now gift-giving has become big business. frustrated by crowds, traffic and commercialism, we can be tempted to opt out of gift giving altogether. Yet, giving gifts is an important part of human interaction, helping to define relationships and strengthen bonds with family and friends. The actual definition of a gift is the transfer of something without the expectation of payment. A gift is meant to be free and it can refer to anything that makes the other happier. The best effect of gift giving may be on ourselves. Giving to others reinforces our feelings for them and makes us feel connected and caring.

Prayer

Let the material gifts I give be an extension of my love not a replacement for it.

Actions

Consider to whom you will be giving gifts and why. Take pleasure in the selection and the wrapping of your gifts. Make them an extension of your affection and caring.

Suggested Reading

Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
2 Corinthians 9:7

Like clouds and wind without rain is a man who boasts of a gift he does not give.
Proverbs 25:14

The excellence of a gift lies in its appropriateness rather than in its value.
Charles Dudley Warner

 The greatest gift that you can give to others is the gift of unconditional love and acceptance.
Brian Tracy

God never gives someone a gift they are not capable of receiving. If he gives us the gift of Christmas, it is because we all have the ability to understand and receive it.
Pope Francis

 A gift, with a kind countenance, is a double present.
Thomas Fuller

 Every gift which is given, even though is be small, is in reality great, if it is given with affection.
Pindar

You give but little when you give of your possessions.  It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.
Kahlil Gibran

A hug is a great gift – one size fits all, and it’s easy to exchange.
Author Unknown

The best gifts come from the heart, not the store.
Sarah Dessen

There is generosity in giving, but gentleness in receiving.
Freya Stark

I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.
Maya Angelou

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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