Holidaying...Bringing Simple Back

I have found that among its other benefits,
Giving liberates the soul of the giver.
~Maya Angelou

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Back in the day, we did not get one quarter (OK, one eighth) of the gifts that folks receive today, but it didn't matter.  It was special any way.  Giving has become so much more complicated than it used to be.  We are worried about ensuring that our  gifts have the right monetary value; it is the newest model and it comes from the right store.  We dash from store to store trying to find just the right thing and stress over there being ten flat screen TVs in the store when there are two hundred people in line.  Somewhere along the line, gift giving has taken an ugly turn and is now a race.  What are we doing racing from store to store forgetting what Christmas is about.  What messages are we sending?  What are we settling for? I vote for simplicity...I want it back.

We can we flip the script just a little bit and incorporate some thoughtful simplicity into gift giving that brings back a time when truly the thought was more important than the gift?  What tradition can you start or revive that would be memorable from year to year and could be passed on to the next generation and the next?  How about giving a gift to yourself that would free you to do something fantastic that would positively impact the lives of others?

What if...

 
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