Gifts of Time

        Some of the most appreciated gifts don’t need to be boxed, wrapped, or ribbonedDr. Seuss wrote in HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS, “Maybe Christmas doesn’t come from a store.”


Instead of tangible, hold-in-your hand gifts, the Grinch, Dr. Seuss, and even my husband would be thrilled if you thought about giving the most precious gift of all—time.  You would also make my job of cleaning up after the holidays much less onerous.

Forget buying Grandmother another bar of soap.  Take her out to the movies and for a cup of tea.  I understand the relaxing pleasure of a cup of tea.  That’s why I always brew a cup for the woman of every house I visit. 


This picture comes from that wonderful book about me, ‘TWAS THE LATE NIGHT OF CHRISTMAS. 

       Don’t buy a stuffed polar bear.polar bear toyTake your children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews—all your young friends—to the zoo to watch real bears pace and stare back at you.


Does your son love basketball?  Make his gift an outing for the two of you to a basketball game.

And if you have a relative whose office looks like this, IMG_3487offer to help organize it.

These simple gifts, instead of filling a closet, fill the receiver’s mind with memories.  And they all have the added advantage of not needing to be wrapped! 

Let us know about a gift of time you gave to a loved one.

We’ll consider other gifts that don’t need to be wrapped on Wednesday, November 13th.

Until then, let’s all strive for a stress-free, love-filled Christmas . . .


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