This is a special Christmas for Dave and I, not only because it is our first Christmas as a married couple, but an opportunity to be with family, thus, a gift.
The word gift has several meanings and for some it is about receiving or giving a present, for others experiencing a miracle, trusting in God, and for others a gift is being with those you love; life and love are a gift themselves.
According to Wikipedia, “a gift or a present is the transfer of something without the expectation of receiving something in return. Although gift-giving might involve an expectation of reciprocity, a gift is meant to be free”.
So yes, a gift is meant to be free since it evokes a positive reaction (a smile, a laugh, a hug, a word of gratitude, tears of joy, etc).
On Christmas Eve while millions of people get together to commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ I encourage you to take some minutes and make a list of all the gifts you have received in your life, include everything that comes to your mind, don’t forget the sweater or socks that your aunt or grandma gave to you on your birthday or Christmas. Think about all gifts that have brought a positive reaction and have drawn a smile on you.
I feel very fortunate. I have been blessed with many gifts this year and I am grateful for that.
I wish you a beautiful and wonderful Christmas,