Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Quid Pro Quo Christmas

It's no secret in my circle of friends that I loathe the chaos of Christmas. It is such a selfish season of excess that I find it repugnant. Buy for me and I'll buy for you. Mail me a card and I'll mail you one. Ugh. It's quid pro quo at its worst.

I truly do believe Christmas is the time of giving. I just don't believe it's all about stuff!

Here's my challenge to you. Kick the quid pro quo habit. Don't just think about it. Do it.

Adopt a kid from an angel tree or take a few cases of veggies to the nearest food bank. Clean out your closet and call a charity truck or donate toys to the children's hospital. Buy a few new movies for the women's shelter or just write a check to a cause near and dear to your heart --or in the true spirit of kicking the quid pro quo Christmas habit, send a check to a cause you've never supported but know is worthy.

As for my family, we do several things but especially looking forward to Thanksgiving when we are decorating at a senior apartment complex and taking snacks to some dear little old folks who have nobody else with whom to spend the holidays.

So, you have your challenge.

With true love and brotherhood, each other now embrace.

Ready. Go!


E.C. Henry said...

You sound like my aunt. You sound like the my pastor's daughter.

Here's the rub; you can do acts of benevolence any time during the year. Christmass gift giving gives you an opportunity to bless people in your own family and your friends. If it's just quid pro quo, you've lost the spirit of the season.

I LOVE gift-giving. I love giving gifts, AND I like getting them. I think gift giving is a nice ADDITION to the Christmass season. Not the season, mind you, there's famous story in the bible that can help you with that...

- E.C. Henry from Bonney Lake, WA

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