Being Generous

December 21, 2009

I love Christmas. It is truly my favorite holiday of the year. Not because of hoping for that special gift. Those dreams ceased to cultivate themselves many years ago. I prefer to be the gift-giver. Throw out the hustle and bustle of the season and you’ll find something a bit more precious. You’ll find people dropping unwrapped gifts in the Toys for Tots barrels or bins; you’ll see a young child dropping pennies into the Salvation Army bucket; you’ll hear on the radio where people most generously gave money, non-perishables, or turkeys so that some less fortunate family or homeless person could have a holiday feast. Even more special is seeing someone go out of their way to help another human being. My husband doesn’t call this phenomenon random acts of kindness—he calls them random acts of humanism. regardless of the term, it is being generous with the essentials that you have been blessed with.

Being generous doesn’t need to have a monetary value. In my mind it needs to have a “feel good” value. My cousin was lamenting the fact that this Christmas was going to be a rough one because of the economy. I wrote him back and told him that the best gifts in life were free. A kiss, a hug, a smile, a serenade of a silly song to the one you love. Such simple pleasures that have the possibility of meaning so much.

Once again we are weaving the tapestry that is Christmas.—Polly McKinstry

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