“Remember, the greatest gift is not found in a store nor under a tree, but in the heart…” ~Unknown
This year when asked by my family what I wanted for Christmas, I constantly told them I didn’t want anything! When they continued to ask the question I later responded with:
- Quiet time to write
- Help doing chores
- Get along with each other
- To follow directions the first time given
- Try their best in all they do
Their response was “We can’t put those things under a tree” as I smiled and said “I know!”
As we later had a more detailed conversation about my requests; I reminded them sometimes the smallest things, the ones we forget or we take for granted are the greatest gifts we could ever give or receive! Those gifts are the ones that truly require the most from us, a part of us! Those gifts require us to stop and think and do from our hearts!
In explaining this to them they chimed “It’s like getting gifts everyday” and truly it is!
After our discussion and my time of reflection, I remembered that in our day-to-day there are also things that happen to us or come our way, things that are given; that cannot be wrapped up and put under a tree, those that may hold value and many more that will be priceless!
The next day I notified my family of a challenge for the upcoming year, and this challenge I place before you also!
THE GIFT CHALLENGE:
Take a left over medium size box (make sure it is a deep box) from your Christmas/holiday celebration, or any you may have around the house. Wrap it with any left over wrapping paper.
Once you’ve wrapped the box cut a slit big enough to place a slip of paper in. It only needs to be big enough to place the paper in. (not to take the paper out).
(After the box has been wrapped and the slit has been made.)
Place a tag on it that says “THE GIFT”
Then take the box and place it in an easy accessible area.
For the next 359 (give or take) days you are to write down on a piece of paper the things that have been gifted to you, things that have changed your life, changed your day, made you smile, laugh, touched you in any special way etc. (make sure you date each piece and if you want put your initials on it).
on Christmas Eve place “The Gift” under the tree to be opened Christmas Day. It is then that you will truly know:
“That Each day comes bearing its own gifts. (All you have to do is) Untie the ribbons.” ~ Ruth Ann Schabacker
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