Much of Christmas is centered around giving presents.
I challenge you to give the gift of presence to your family this Christmas.
Instead of worrying about what to buy, think about who you can be with. Don’t be concerned with how much money you spend on someone, instead consider the time you spend with them.
A few suggestions for bringing your presence:
Play a game. Card games, board games, whatever gets people involved.
Bake some sweets. It seems to me we have an abundance of sweets at our family gatherings, what if a baking crew was selected at random to bake the cookies on hand? An adult version of Home Economics Class, perhaps.
Do the dishes. Some of my best conversations happen while doing the dishes. The doing dishes part isn’t fun, but making it fun with whoever helps out certainly can be!
Ask good questions. “How’s it going?” is not a good question unless you REALLY want to know the answer. Learn about what others are involved in or what interests they have developed. Ask about their job, what they like or dislike about it. Any question that requires an answer that’s not canned is a good one to me.
Our culture has succeeded at dividing our presence with regularity. Don’t worry about the presents you give, rather consider the presence you can give this Christmas.
Question: Who will you offer your presence to this Christmas? Click here to comment.