Despite all the commercialism which surrounds it, I do think that our practice of exchanging gifts at Christmas has a great deal of merit to it. At its’ core, exchanging gifts serves to help us learn to be givers.
I would love to say that giving is one of my innate talents, but I recognize that it’s a lesser one at best; in my case it’s more of a skill I have to work on improving and refining constantly. The act of giving itself is easy for me; the skill I need to cultivate is in giving the right thing, the thing that will be loved and cherished.
Every year I resolve that I will be better as a gift-giver, and I am afraid that I continue to disappoint myself and fall short of my own expectations, but I will keep trying. I don’t think it is that difficult, the challenge is that time eludes me; I’ve never started soon enough to devote the thought and care I should. Christmas Day approaches, and I start scrambling.
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