Christmas is less than a week away. I’ve committed not to go into debt buying gifts this year. I also am trying to take a different approach to giving this year.
My biological family (mom, dad and brother) will all get something small (under $20.00). Killian (my dog) will get a new bone. That’s all the Christmas shopping I’ll be doing this year.
I’ve decided my friends and family here in town will get something “relational.” A meal. A trip to Starbucks. A walk down by the river. For those out of town, an overdue telephone call or handwritten note. This year I want to give my friends something that builds our relationship and that, hopefully in the end, is more meaningful than just a giftcard or a gift that will be forgotten in a few weeks: This year I want to give my time.
Sometimes the best gifts aren’t monetary. How are you giving of yourself relationally this Christmas?