I wrapped a couple Christmas presents this week. It is the season we hope to give and receive great gifts. What is the best Christmas gift you’ve ever received?
Here is a tougher question. Do you still have it? Or have all the “must have,” “just gotta have” desires that ruled that particular season faded to a faint memory?
The Spirit of Christmas
I like how Thomas Monson describes Christmas, “The spirit of Christmas is the spirit of love and of generosity and of goodness. It illuminates the picture window of the soul, and we look out upon the world's busy life and become more interested in people than in things.”
Which brings me to a question.
What is the best Christmas gift you have ever received?
A couple weeks ago, I wrote about The Ten Most Extravagent Christmas Gifts. It was a very popular post (Thank you for reading and sharing).
There is something about gifts that don’t expire, require a requring subscription, never go out of style, or are extinguished by the latest technology.
The one thing I know with certainty is the best gift any of have ever recevied shared something in common—love.
It’s 365 Gifts Rolled Into One!
This year my nephew Nicholas will receive a Christmas gift that is a one-of-a-kind. It is truly unique and personal. This is the fourth year I have embarked on creating this gift.
I started it on January 1, 2017. Every day over the course of this year I worked on Nick’s gift. As I read and studied I was thinking about Nick. It was fun thinking about all the memories we have shared and how they have shaped our lives. Then I would pray for Nick and put pen to paper.
I repeated this process for nearly 365 days. I say "Nearly," because I had to make a few enteries early in order to get it in the mail to arrive for Christmas.
The Gift that Will Live On.
Here it is.
A journey of 365 days that allowed me to spend time with Nick every day. I am excited for him to spend a moment with me every day in the New Year.
Some of you who know my work know how Nick and I are connected. Nick’s father passed away 14 years ago—three months before my dad did. We’ve walked together over these years.
I want to be remembered by Nick. Someday, I pray the pages of this journal will be tattered, stained and marked up with his own thoughts, dreams and prayers.
Scribbling in the Margins of Life
Life gets busy. Our roles change with the seasons of life and oh too commonly we are separated from the people we hold so dear by time and distance.
The time sitting on the end of their beds talking, laughing over Sunday dinners and being part of their daily lives comes and goes quickly.
Every day I wonder if I loved enough, did enough, and taught enough. I think leaders of every type—parents, grandparents, teacher and coaches—all wonder if we did enough.
It’s this wondering that breathes life into the words scribbled in the margins of this journal.
It’s Never Too Early To Start Thinking About Next Year.
I’ve got a new empty journal sitting on my desk. Oh, I can’t wait for these next 365 days to unfold.
Place yourself in this story for a moment. Imagine pouring your heart into someone you dearly love by writing to them in the margins of a journal for the next 365 days.
It’s a journey to giving someone a most memorable and cherished Christmas gift.
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