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Re-gifting Christmas

When I was a cash-strapped college student, one holiday season I had the privilege of working retail... in the mall... at a Christmas store. :/

Two things I learned through that experience.
  1. Expect to spend your whole paycheck on gifts when you work at a place called Tis Christmas!
  2. People, who are otherwise good, can morph into the Grinch while shopping for nativity sets & tree skirts.
Needless to say, I came out the "business end" of December 25th a little numb and jaded. Even now, with a few decades of experience under the belt, it is easy to lapse into Christmas autopilot as I'm "checkin' it twice" at Giftco (an upscale version of Giftmart). Which is why a recent facebook post from (long-time friend) Wendy Morton Edwards caught my eye. Proactive parent Wendy offers her children these Christmas wishlist guidelines...

Something you want, something you need,
Something to wear, something to read.
And something to share, for a girl or a boy,
A ball, a book, a game, or a toy,
To give to another, Christmas joy!

Wendy has integrated scripture with her limerick, so her family can discuss what God says about the many ways He provides for us all year long, even as they share their wishlists. Wendy's goal? "To encourage joyful hearts under our roof this Christmas, no matter what's under the tree!"

Well done, Mrs. Claus!

*My mom still displays the woven, grapevine crèche I gave her that year. ;)

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