What was one of the most meaningful gifts you have received at Christmas?

When I reflect on special gifts received, one that immediately comes to my mind didn’t cost money or require hours of shopping. Yet this gift continues to lift my spirits whenever I think about it.  It energizes me when I am feeling low even though I received it years ago.

It’s called a “Tree of Appreciation.” This gift consists of a cut-out of a Christmas tree, which is pasted to a page of snowflakes. So far, this may not sound too exciting, but here is the extra special part: The givers of the gift, four friends of mine, filled the Christmas tree by naming things that they valued about me.  “Wow!” I thought as I opened the gift. Their comments first surprised and then humbled me.

Whenever I read my Tree of Appreciation, their words make me smile and experience the glow of joy in my heart. Thank you Jennifer, Sherri, Wendy and Jana.  I’ve included a photo of my Tree of Appreciation below to inspire you to create your own version for a valued friend or family member.

So consider giving this simple, yet heartfelt offering to someone you value.  It just may become one of their most treasured gifts.

Karen Mulder

Karen Mulder

Karen Mulder is the founder of the Wisdom of the Wounded ministry. She lives in Holland, Michigan with her husband Larry.

1 Comment

  1. Loretta Newton

    All of this Oh so true and many, many more could be added. Thanks for being you

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