Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Christmas is for giving

Ever had a conversation about the best gift you've ever received? How about the best gift you've ever given?

The best and most frugal gift I ever gave was many years ago. It was a pencil sketch of my brother.

I'm not an artist, by any stretch of the imagination, but I was flat broke that year and needed a gift from the heart for my parents.

My brother had been killed in Viet Nam the year before. I had a picture of him in his uniform with his helmet on, so I got a piece of paper and a pencil and worked and worked on a pencil sketch of that picture. I bought a cheap frame and put it in it, but the frame meant nothing...

My mom cried when she opened her gift and I felt satisfied that I had given something more special than I could ever have bought.

You don't have to spend money to give the perfect gift. Sometimes not having money is a gift in itself. It makes us reach within ourselves and really, truly give.


  1. I absolutely agree! We so often feel that if we have the means, we need to buy gifts, when actually a gift from the heart can mean so much more.

    Thanks for sharing your story!

  2. Cheryl, I sometimes think that it would be good to pretend that we didn't have the money to buy any gifts, then put our minds and our hearts into it and see what we could do.

  3. What a beautiful gift and sentiment! This is something you couldn't find in the store at any price!!! Very, very, nice!!!!

  4. Gifts like that mean more than anything than can be purchased from the mall.