Gift exchange—is that an oxymoron? Is it a gift if I expect something in return? The other day we were discussing gift giving and someone mentioned that giving gifts to his children at Christmas seems the purest type of giving. He expects nothing in return. His joy is in seeing the delight on his children’s faces. That’s why I am sure Santa Claus is alive and well. The unselfish love he symbolizes is here in each of our hearts. It’s a sad day when Santa finally dies and we must regress to gift exchanges.

Happy St. Nicholas Day.

Christmas cactus

Christmas cactus

About dmdubay

Since retiring from Northwest Airlines and moving to the Pacific Northwest, I have more time to devote to writing. My first novel, "Tales of Two Sisters" was published over a year ago. I have been writing poetry for a long time and am attempting to collate my poetry into a short book, with pictures. A sequel to "Tales of Two Sisters" should be getting closer to completion soon. Gardening and tending the vineyard take a lot of time in the summer. Even though I love the outdoors, these activities do cut down on my writing. So I appreciate that wintertime allows me time to write. Writing, for me, is what brings things into focus and helps me to make sense of the things that life brings. It is a gift to me and I hope that it will be to you also.
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