Oh by gosh, by golly! It’s time for Mistletoe and Holly!

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Jesus knew, giving makes both the giver and the receiver happy. In pursuit of that happiness, many view gift-giving as one of the most important features of Christmas.

Many feel that Christmas gift-giving brings more stress, not more happiness. How so? A lot of shoppers feel compelled to buy gifts that they cannot afford. And since everyone is shopping for gifts at the same time, crowds and long lines make shopping an exasperating experience for many.

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“Practice giving,” said Jesus.

 “Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure—pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.”

Luke 6:38

And He did not limit gift-giving to a certain time of the year when people would be expected to give. Jesus urged his followers to make spontaneous gift-giving a practice, a way of life.

“Let each one do just as he has resolved in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”

2 Corinthians 9:7

The essence of Paul’s counsel is that “nothing is ever to be given ‘from compulsion,’ from a feeling that one is forced to give,” explains one Bible commentary. Being “a cheerful giver” rules out the feeling of being obligated to give a specific item to a specific person at a specific time—the way Christmas gift-giving often turns out to be.

Gifts given as a matter of Choice.

Gifts given as they should be.

Love is a gift.

Now give that gift away.

these hugs n’ blessings are for everyone choosing to give the gift of love this Christmas Season!

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10 thoughts on “Oh by gosh, by golly! It’s time for Mistletoe and Holly!

  1. Lovely blog. Love is the greatest gift to give. If it is all about giving and not receiving then Christmas (avoiding all the commercialism and hypes) can and IS the most wonderful season of the year. Hold lightly to the UNNECESSARY and let God inspire the beauty and holiness found in remembrance of His first Coming. Love F.

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    1. Aren’t YOU loverly to say so! And yes it IS the greatest gift to give & to receive. It’s like drinking hot-cocoa on a cold wintery day that warms you from tippy-top to tippity-toe! With the best part being…as you said…God is wrapped up all snuggly warm inside it! All because He first loved us. Hugs & Blessings to you! (And thank YOU for the gift of your kind words!)

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    1. Giggles!😄 Yes, indee-dee the Hallmark Channel is tough to beat but I’m glad you thought this video compared well with it!! Thank you for your kind attention to this post & loverly words of affection!😘 Hugs!!!

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  2. Such a thoughtful post Dawn. Gift-giving, especially when not compelled to do so, gives such joy, especially to the giver. I agree that there is no greater gift than love. I enjoyed the pics you chose as well especially the Norman Rockwell.

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