Sunday, December 14, 2008

Christmas Love

In these last few days before Christmas I find myself busy with cleaning, baking, and presents to buy, but when I stop to think, the gifts that matter most are the pure expressions of selfless love.

The most important things we can give anyone is kindness, understanding, appreciation, and affirmation.

So today I want to suggest a few ways to celebrate THIS SEASON OF LOVE.

1. Give a card listing things you sincerely appreciate about the person.

2. Do one random act of kindness each day from now until Christmas.

3. Make some one's favorite holiday treat and surprise them with it...tied with a bow and a message of love and appreciation.

4. Give a Christmas ornament with special meaning.

5. Buy matching shirts for you and your "special someone." Stick a note in the pocket, saying, "You are my soul-mate. We are a match made in Heaven. Love forever and a day."

6. Ask someone who lives alone to attend a Christmas event with you and afterward take them out for coffee and dessert.

7. Resolve to smile at everyone you meet--even if they don't smile back.

8. Affirm the unique personality and talents of everyone you know.

9. Love with all of your heart--don't hold back, even if your heart's been broken before.

10. Say "I love you" to your family members and hug like you mean it. It may be difficult at first, if you haven't been expressive before now, but it will become more natural over time.

11. As the song goes-- "Let it begin with me." We can't wait for someone else to make the first move-- it may just leave us waiting forever.

12. What other ways can we demonstrate God's love?


Angie Ledbetter said...

Barbara, what a great list! Talk about the real spirit of Christmas. (But, hey, your calendar's gotta be wrong...surely there are more days left til Christmas!) :)

Barbara said...

Angie- Yep, I'm afraid the calendar
is right.

And...I know you are a lady of love. Blessings.

Linda Reznicek said...

That's a great list and as you point out, it's important to remember that Christmas is first about love and sacrifice. Happy Baking--we're looking forward to partaking!

Barbara said...

Linda- I'm so excited about seeing all of you and celebrating the SEASON OF LOVE together.

Joanne said...

I think a general mindset of being thankful, thoughtful and kind to those we meet means so much.

Barbara said...

Joanne- I completely agree.

Lea and her Mustangs said...

What could I add to your beautiful list.

Barbara said...

Lea- Blessings to you at this beautiful time of year as we remember the Lord of creation.

Lori J said...

Dear Barbara, You list is so full of what Christmas is all about...After my song and dance comments to Jeannette I needed to read this to reaffirm that there is a special "reason for this season".


Alberta LORI

Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

Your list is written in a Christmas spirit that many others should follow. I am disappointed at how materialistic the holiday has become. I love the simplicity of celebrating the holiday without feeling the need to outdo or overdo.

Thanks for sharing your feelings on the true spirit of Christmas.

Barbara said...

Lori- Thanks sooo much for your comments! Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones.

Barbara said...

CCDaydreams- How can so many forget God's gift of LOVE? Let's all spread the WORD this season. "For God so loved the world." That says so much.

The Giveaway Diva said...

wow what a great list!!