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Mike Watson: It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Gift giving is an art--not just the packaging and wrapping, though that can be a masterpiece in the hands of the truly gifted. The thought and time that goes into the selection of a present is worth far more, at least to many, than is the actual item.
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By Mike Watson

Christmas, the special day set aside long ago to celebrate the birth of Jesus, and a special day for so many people around the globe, is eagerly anticipated by youngsters and oldsters alike, but often in different ways. One common excitement for many is the anticipated receipt of a gift, or a wagon load of them. Of course there is the debate that rages each year as to the necessity and fiscal responsibilities of spending for items not needed and perhaps, secretly, not wanted by the receiver. We all know the answer--it is the thought that counts.



Yes, it is the thought that counts, but can you imagine the look on the face of a child who opens a present only to find socks and underwear, or some such item, when the expected prize was a long- sought-after toy--most likely electronic in this day of advanced wireless gadgetry. Sure, we can all understand, perhaps it has happened to us.

Gift giving is an art--not just the packaging and wrapping, though that can be a masterpiece in the hands of the truly gifted. The thought and time that goes into the selection of a present is worth far more, at least to many, than is the actual item.

Some years ago my own wife, when asked what she would like to receive, answered with "a new vacuum, the old one is just not doing the job anymore." I had been around this city block before and stated matter-of-factly, that I would not be purchasing such an item as a gift at Christmas-time. I would buy a new vacuum, but not for this occasion, I felt she needed something that--yes, I'll say it, "she didn't need." I don't recall now what she received that year, but it wasn't a vacuum...not until the week after New Year's when we went shopping for the "necessity."

Please don't misunderstand, we all need necessities--socks and underwear, serviceable shoes and coats, clothes and gloves--sometimes these are needed urgently and a gift of these would be the most appreciated of all.

What to give to someone who (you think) has everything--you know, the hard-to-shop-for relative or friend, may pose one of the great dilemmas of the season. A daunting task, to say the least. I can give no assistance but to encourage to think about it. A quick stop at the drugstore or gas station will not likely present a ready solution.

Remember the Reason for the Season & do well by others!!

Merry Christmas from the Watsons! - Mike & Renae


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