It’s that time of year, isn’t it? The time of year where we think about gift-giving. So, we thought it would be a great time to chat with you all about gifts.
Storytelling could be considered a gift that writers give to readers. Our local writers’ group has an event every December to celebrate members achievements for the year, whether it’s been completing a book for the very first time (First Manuscript Slain), or making a bestseller list (Summit Award), or helping each other (Tender Heart).
Because the event is in December, we also exchange gifts. But to give things a different twist, we decided several years ago to do a “white elephant” gift exchange. No purchases are allowed. Instead, you must rummage through your house to find something to give as a gift. Maybe it’s a chance to re-gift a present from a previous holiday or even a chance to share an item you no longer need. We've received some wonderful “white elephants” such as cookbooks, candles, fuzzy socks, and a talking fish. Needless to say, we have a lot of fun!
“Yesterday’s the past, tomorrow’s the future, but today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present.” – Bill Keane
Most families and friends don’t give “white elephant” gifts, but instead shop for a present. And we all have our own shopping style, don’t we?. Some of us begin shopping very early, others are last minute shoppers. We may spend hours picking out just the right thing, or we may choose the simplicity of gift cards. Some talented folks make gifts for their friends and family.
Some of our favorite gifts are not necessarily the biggest or most expensive ones; they’re the gifts of the heart. A notebook of thoughts during time away from a husband, a box full of scraps of paper noting family memories from a son, an intricate origami from a grandchild, a picture made up of words that connect us from a friend.
We’d like to hear what you think. What is it that makes a gift special? What’s the best gift you've ever received?
As our gift to you, we’ll be drawing a name from among everyone who leaves a comment today (don’t forget to leave your email address) and we will gift you with two Sparkle Abbey books. One for you, and one for you to give to a friend!