My daily devotional was about giving with a loving heart. It never occurred to me that you would give with anything less; but after reading the entire thing, I can see that some would feel less than happy to give.
Me? I’m a happy, loving giver. I see something that I know someone will like and I get it and give it, so that I can see their joy that I was thinking of them. Some people feel they have to give out of obligation. Not me. If I don’t have it in me to give a gift, I don’t. Though, I am mostly a giver, no matter the circumstances.
For example: I’m preparing for a “Grinchmas” Party on the 22nd. It’s the last day of school before break and a half day. Since it’s a half day, I’m making lunch for about 7 kids and I’ve shopped to find the perfect gift for each of them. I’m decorating the house “Grinchy” and have not only planned the meal; but games and a movie. The kids are looking forward to it.
The gifts were carefully researched with their likes in mind and I have to say, I do not believe anyone will be disappointed. At least I hope not. 😀
I’ve always believed it was better to give than receive and have loved finding and giving the perfect gift for those I love. As a matter of fact, I’ve made and given gifts to at least one person each month of this year. I began the year with what I called “The Year of RAK”. I painted, made jewelry or crocheted items for just about everyone on my Facebook friends list. I made two large blankets and several baby blankets. I’ve also crocheted three blankets for charity. I love giving.
BTW, RAK is “random acts of kindness” and were gifts I gave anonymously to friends with a note that said to pay it forward. It was the best year ever!!!! I loved seeing them post their joy at a surprise gift from a “stranger” as they said Thank you to “whoever” sent it. I did it locally and distance. I’ve enjoyed every little bit of it. I absolutely loved the satisfaction of giving to them and making them smile. I even had two friends say it was a blessing to receive on a not so nice kind of day. 😀
I, personally, feel that giving a gift is not an obligation; but a privilege to show someone how much you think of them. If I don’t think enough of the person to give them a gift, I don’t. It’s that simple. If it feels like an obligation, I skip it. I want to be a joyful giver. I want my gift to mean something to them and me.
So, remember this holiday season, that it is love in the giving or it’s an impersonal token of obligation. 😦 Hopefully, joyful giving is the win!