As we begin, continue, or wrap up the crazy frenzy that is Christmas gift shopping, let’s not forget the people who should make it on our gift lists that we sometimes overlook.
- Maybe it’s a special charity or organization that could really use your year-end donation to help keep their work going through the end of the year, when donations sometimes drop off while supporters are spending money on other things.
- Maybe it’s a family, adult, or child unknown to you, whose needs are hanging on the tree in the narthex or listed on the adopt-a-family list at your parish.
- Maybe it’s a neighbor or extended relative, who may be lonely, sick, elderly, or someone you aren’t typically friendly with, whose Christmas season could be brightened by your unexpected, thoughtful gift, even if small.
Who hasn’t made it on your Christmas giving list yet that you think could or should be remembered this Advent and Christmas season? How can you generously gift that person or group with a tangible present, a monetary donation, or the gift of your talent or time?
The famous prayer of St. Francis reminds us, “It is in giving that we receive.” In giving to those in need or those we sometimes forget during this season of generosity, we receive an immense amount of joy as we prepare our hearts to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, who gave us the ultimate gift—His Incarnate Self.