Best Gifts for Christmas (or anytime)

The African boy listened carefully as the teacher explained why it is that Christians give presents to each other on Christmas Day.  “The gift is an expression of our joy over the birth of Jesus and our friendship and love for each other,” she said.

Then Christmas Day came, the boy brought the teacher a sea shell of lustrous beauty.  “Where did you ever find such a beautiful shell?” the teacher asked as she gently fingered the gift.

The youth told her that there was only one spot where such extraordinary shells could be found.  When he named the place, a certain bay several miles away, the teacher was speechless.

“Why…why, it’s gorgeous…wonderful, but you shouldn’t have gone all that way to get a gift for me.”  His eyes brightening, the boy answered, “Long walk part of gift.”  Gerald Horton Bath 

Emerson once said, “The best gift is a portion of thyself.”  Meaningful gifts are gifts in which you invest your time, talent and energy rather than money.

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