Each Christmas, I read from Christmas books I have collected through the years.
I try to read one story each day and reflect on what I have read and the true meaning of Christmas.
I especially like Joe Wheeler's Christmas in My Heart series.I recently read a story from Mr. Wheeler's Third Treasury titled "The Fir Tree Cousins."
It's about a woman who feels so frazzled every Christmas with all of the gifts that she has to buy that she buys the same things each year for her husband's cousins whom she has never met.
One year, the boxes get switched and she didn't realize it until her cousins sent her a thank you letter expressing how touched they all were with the thought that went into each specific gift.
"A remembrance, no matter how small, if carefully and thoughtfully chosen to meet the need or desire of the recipient, carries with it more of the real Christmas spirit than the costliest gift or one chosen at random."
How true! It is easy to buy gifts for people. But, when you actually put thought into the gift, that takes some effort. In a time when people are standing in line on Thanksgiving Day, trampling each other to purchase $5.00 waffle irons, let's stop and reflect what Christmas is all about.
One year, a good "friend" of mine gave me chicken soup mix in a mug that she had swiped off a shelf at CVS. Really? This is what I mean to you?
"To feel that a certain thing has been chosen especially for you, to fit your own individuality and particular desire, if not always need - this , it has always seemed to me, is the true spirit of Christmas."