Monthly Archives: December 2014

still giving

I fell behind in my giving things away a few days ago. So the next day I had to find seventeen things to give away. It is getting to be more difficult. Books—which I had promised to thin down two … Continue reading

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gracious receiving

Gracious receiving is as important as generous giving. I don’t mean one needs to go on and on, making outrageous claims about the gift or the giver, but simple, heartfelt thanks goes a long way to affirming the generosity of … Continue reading

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the perfect gift

When I was a child at home, Christmas gift giving was limited since I had little money to spend on something for my four brothers and three sisters. (Actually, I had no money, but my mom could always spare at … Continue reading

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Santa

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. … Continue reading

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my two cents

The widow’s mite. We’ve all heard the story how this woman gave what little she had and it meant more than all the rich offerings given from a person’s excess. But what does that mean for me today? To be … Continue reading

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favorite gifts

I read a magazine article this morning about favorite gifts received. The common ingredient that made them meaningful and memorable was the intention of the giver. The gifts were not expensive, for the most part; in fact some of them … Continue reading

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blessed by giving

It is more blessed to give that to receive. It really is. As a child, I focused on receiving more than giving. The days leading up to Christmas were filled with anticipation of what I would get. I remember the … Continue reading

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December1st With the new month and the season of Advent beginning, it is time to change focus. November was for giving thanks and I want to hang on to an attitude of gratitude and to the awareness of all the … Continue reading

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leftovers

What would I do without leftovers? I enjoy all the traditional Thanksgiving dishes and the company and festivity; but the leftovers the next day are even better. And the fact that I don’t have to do all the cooking makes … Continue reading

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