Holiday Spirit: Focus on Giving

I hope you are enjoying the holiday season! Andy Williams captured the feeling well in his song, “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.” This time of year is filled with programs and services at churches, shopping, delicious cookies, parties, family get-togethers, memories, and then resolutions… this time can also be very stressful. The season does not have the same meaning to everyone, but to most, it is a time of giving.
As you find gifts for loved ones and other special persons, remember that the most valuable gift you can give is free: you and your time. The true holiday spirit is about love and kindness, not materialism.
Sure, gifts of gadgets, toys, jewelry and clothes may be fun and special, and I do enjoy shopping for the people I love. However, it is the non-material gifts and blessings bestowed upon us that make the biggest impact. To name just a few: the gifts of family, good health, love and freedom. As you contemplate your gifts and what they mean, please consider the following:
Christmas gift suggestions:
To your enemy, forgiveness.
To an opponent, tolerance.
To a friend, your heart.
To a customer, service.
To all, charity.
To every child, a good example.
To yourself, respect.
~Oren Arnold, author
There are several ways you can give a very special “free” gift which shows your love and appreciation. Homemade art, a poem or short story to someone which reflects a special memory or feeling you want to share. Perhaps you could create a coupon to do a service ranging from scrapbooking, babysitting, cleaning or whatever! The gift of yourself, your time, is always very meaningful, remembered and appreciated.
Special thanks to those who will not be spending time with their families this Christmas. American soldiers make many sacrifices. One that is particularly hard is missing time with their families. Keep our soldiers and their loved ones in your hearts and prayers.
I wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday season. Please remember that there are many families out there enduring hard times this year due to our country’s turbulent economy. Do what you can to help families in need with donations of both money and your time.
As always, please contact me with questions or suggestions regarding any issue. Please visit my Senate website at I also encourage you to visit me at the Capitol, or let me know if you’d like me to stop by your home or apartment. Also, please tune in to my local cable TV show, “Your Capitol: What’s Up?,” which appears on public access channels 15 and 16.

Senator Chuck Wiger
Chuck Wiger represents District 43, which includes portions of Ramsey and Washington counties in the northeastern Twin Cities metropolitan area.

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