When we think of Christmas, we generally begin to ponder the question “What gift can I get them for Christmas?” Sometimes, the greatest gifts we can give are the ones not bought but freely given! I received the following in an email from Farmer’s Almanac and wanted to share it with all of you. These gifts are appropriate, not only at Christmas time, but all year long!
The Gift of Listening
But you must really listen. No interrupting, no daydreaming, no planning your response, no second guessing. Just listen!
The Gift of Affection
Be generous with appropriate hugs, kisses and pats on the back. Let these small actions demonstrate the love you have for your family and close friends.
The Gift of Laughter
Clip and share cartoons and funny stories. Your gift will say “I love to laugh with you”.
The Gift of A Written Note
It can be a simple “Thanks for the help” note or a full sonnet. A brief handwritten note may be remembered for a lifetime, and may even change a life.
The Gift of A Compliment
A simple and sincere, “You look great in red”, “You did a super job”, or “That was wonderful” can make someone’s day.
The Gift of A Favor
Every day, go out of your way to do something kind.
The Gift of Solitude
There are times when you want nothing more than to be left alone. Be sensitive to that same need in others and give the gift of solitude when it seems needed.
The Gift of A Cheerful Disposition
The easiest way to feel good is to offer a kind word to someone. Really, just a cheery “Hello” or “How are you” can go a long way.