Shopping for the perfect words on Christmas giving

Categories: Editorial

Presents under the tree, or haven’t you found just the right ones yet?

December 20, 2013, edition
By Bob Zyskowski

“Got all your shopping done?”

That’s often a conversation starter as we bump into friends these days leading up to Christmas.

We Christians know and believe that the truly important gift was one we all received that first Christmas and it’s not too much of a stretch to rationalize that our own gift-giving in someway is an imitation of the Father’s gift of his Son.

Perhaps that accounts for the importance so many of us put on finding just the right gift for those close to us.

It may account, too, for the stress so many feel when asked, “Got all your shopping done?”

Do you look for something that loved ones have on their Christmas wish list, or do you typically opt for something you feel they need?

Those questions might be conversation starters that drive a discussion toward much deeper thinking, but, since none of us has time for lengthy dialogue this close to Christmas, I’ve dug up the words of others on the subject of giving that are worth reflecting upon.

A wise lover values not so much the gift of the lover as the love of the giver.
— Thomas á Kempis

A hug is a great gift — one size fits all, and it’s easy to exchange.
— Author Unknown

Love is what’s in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen.
— Author unknown

As we struggle with shopping lists and invitations, compounded by December’s bad weather, it is good to be reminded that there are people in our lives who are worth this aggravation, and people to whom we are worth the same.
— Donald E. Westlake

Christmas gift suggestions:
To your enemy, forgiveness.
To an opponent, tolerance.
To a friend, your heart.
To a customer, service.
To all, charity.
To every child, a good example.
To yourself, respect.
— Oren Arnold

It is Christmas every time you let God love others through you . . . yes, it is Christmas every time you smile at your brother and offer him your hand.
— Mother Teresa

Probably the reason we all go so haywire at Christmas time with the endless unrestrained and often silly buying of gifts is that we don’t quite know how to put our love into words.
— Harlan Miller, writer

Finally, one quotation seemed to have one’s parish Christmas collection basket in mind.

The Lord loveth a cheerful giver. He also accepteth from a grouch.
— Catherine Hall

A blessed Christmas to all!