Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Daily Gifts...

(This is our little fake fiber optic tree. The real one isn't up yet. I'm running behind, as usual...)

This little blurb is from one of my many Christmas books. I thought it worth sharing to help us remember that every day is Christmas...

It's not too early to give some things away this Christmas. Not just on Christmas Day, but during all the days leading up to December 25th. We could call these daily gifts our "Christmas projects". Maybe one per day from now 'til then. Here are a few suggestions.

Mend a quarrel.
Seek out a forgotten friend.
Dismiss suspicion.
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.
Express appreciation.
Gladden the heart of a child.
Find the time to keep a promise.
Make or bake something for someone else~anonymously.
Release a grudge.
Speak kindly to a stranger.
Enter into another's sorrow.
Smile. Laugh a little. Laugh a little more.
Take a walk with a friend.
Kneel down and pat a dog.
Read a poem or two to your mate or friend.
Lessen your demands on others.
Play some beautiful music during the evening meal.
Apologize if you were wrong.
Turn off the tv and talk.
Treat someone to an ice-cream cone.
Do the dishes for the family. (wait, I think I do this every day!)
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 babysit for a weary mother.
Give your teacher a break; be especially cooperative.

Let's make Christmas one long, extended gift of ourselves to others. Unselfishly. Without announcement. Or obligation. Or reservation. Or hypocrisy.

This is the spirit of Christmas, isn't it?


Britt-Arnhild said...

What a beautiful list of Christmas gifts. I will keep it!

Laurie said...

I am going to print out that list. Thank you!

I love those fiber optic trees. They are so cool.

Happy Zombie said...

I love the list! A keeper for sure! Thanks for sharing that Paula!

Stacey said...

What a great idea for all year long!
I saw Brittany & Chris today. Brittany came out of the shower, soak & wet. I hope she didn't catch a cold talking to me!
Yes, she was wearing a towel.
Our Avon Christmas party was today. It's always lots of fun!

Barb said...

Yes, that IS the spirit of Christmas and giving. And I love those two photos on the wall behind that pretty little tree!

Lynne said...

Thank you for the gift of that's going on my fridge today!

kansasrose said...

This is so lovely Paula...I am printing too. Your little tree is all the things you do are..and full of love and spirit. xxxooo