Sunday, December 16, 2012

Gifts

 This being the season for gifts I've been searching for the perfect prize.   Something special that would bring a smile to a loved one's face.    
  With every passing year it seems to become more of a challenge for me.   I listen for clues throughout the year but often times by Christmas it has already been purchased.
 
Wrapping a few packages last evening it came to me that perhaps the greatest present I can give is my time.
 
For example this afternoon we gathered at Mom and Dad's.  It has become a tradition  in our family to take a Sunday afternoon in December to help decorate their tree .    My brother strings the lights and makes certain they are in good working order.  Then the rest of us help hang the ornaments and look for bare spots that need attention.
We usually have pizza and snacks and enjoy each other's company.
 
My folks are aging and their needs are not centered so much on things but on what truly matters...time.  Time with family, time to remember, time to listen,  and time for understanding.
 
I think my Christmas list will be easily finished now - I know what to give at last...my time!
 
 
Hope all of you find the perfect gift to give.   God Bless!

16 comments:

  1. TIME....it is truly a precious thing! I'm sure your parents LOVE the TIME you spend and give to them. Time is too short.......Have a blessed week! Roxie

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  2. So wonderful and thoughtful, Debbie. I bet my mom would most appreciate that too.

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  3. Wonderful cardinal ... wonderful words ... Time -- so true -- and these days as precious as the present ... did you ever read the book "The Precious Present?" Your words reminded me of that book .... Hope your week is filled with joy ...

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  4. Thank you for reminding me that we do all have the "perfect gift" time, and how important it is to share it in caring for others. BE BLESSED and have a very Merry Christmas.

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  5. Such a beautiful post. Blessings to you and yours!

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  6. Debbie, so true, it is a challenge each and every year.... Yes, you found the perfect gift. I know your parents appreciate and love you for it. I lost my mom in March, its been hard, but I know she will be with us in spirit this Christmas... Enjoy the times you have with your mom and dad, cherish each memory you create!

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  7. Time is the most precious gift of all. Have a wonderful Christmas, dear Debbie and may the light of the world shine through all this darkness.

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  8. Debbie that is the best gift of all. love to you, Diana

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  9. I would love the gift of time from my children...I know it would be precious and from the heart because they have so little of it in this busy world. Your parents are blessed.

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  10. Yes, the gift of time is the most precious gift of all. Friday we were made aware of how precious time is. Love your post. Bonnie

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  11. Debbie, I love your tradition of trimming your parents tree. I agree with your gift of time.I have an aging friend who wants for nothing. When she comes to visit me, I KNOW she will be here all day long,and any plans I may have had for the day are completely shot. But I know how important these visits are to her, so I take the time enjoying our conversation. There'll come a day when she will no longer be here, and so the gift of my time, benefits both of us.
















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  12. You my friend, have found the secret to Christmas!!! Enjoy it!

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  13. Debbie I do believe you have found the true meaning of a gift. Have a wonderful holiday. Teddy is now wearing a red sweater so we can find him in the snow.LOL and a ho ho ho!

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  14. What a wonderful tradition, and loving gift! It sounds like your family had a wonderful Christmas.

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