A Case for Giving More Love and Fewer Gifts This Holiday

While the idea of a Christmas filled with more love than gifts was always my goal this year, I’ve never felt more convicted to make it happen than I do today.

Maybe it was the flood of parents walking their kids to school this morning in place of rolling stops and rushed goodbyes. Maybe it was all the extra long hugs parents were giving their kids, or the love notes we packed in our kids’ lunchboxes. Whatever it was, what I felt and witnessed at school this morning in response to the tragedy in Newtown, CT was real.

As I pack up the few gifts I bought for my kids this year, I’m more certain than ever that giving more love and fewer gifts is the answer. This Christmas I want to give more of myself to my family. And perhaps selfishly, I want more of each of them in return. I want to be present and focused on providing my kids with a loving haven in this sometimes scary world. I want to appreciate the things I already have in place of more, new, or better. I want to feel and experience more with less. And I want my family to remember why we celebrate Christmas.

Yes, Santa is still coming to town, but this year he’s bringing fewer toys. It’s Mom and Dad who are bringing the “gifts” of deliberate time and energy to our kids this Christmas and beyond.

As you wrap up gifts for your kids this Christmas, I invite you to join me in wrapping a virtual ribbon around yourself. Give more to you children this year in a way you haven’t had the energy or strength to give until now. Give of yourself with purpose and pride, knowing the contents of your heart are worth so much more than the stuff under the tree.

Listen friends, this is new territory for me. I’m not naive enough to think giving more is going to be easy or wonderful all of the time, I just can’t help but feel in light of our nation’s most recent tragedy that it’s worth it. A hundred-million-billion times worth it.

To more togetherness. To more cherished memories. To more love this holiday and beyond.

Are you more focused on family this holiday?

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