What shall I give at Christmas is from an old newspaper clipping, probably the 1950’s but the information is as relevant today, or any month, as it was at Christmas then.
~ Give Ear to those who cry for crumbs– hold their homely larders high, for Lo! the Joyful season’s here–and Christmas comes!
~ Give Hands to those who need a guide nor cast a thought of race or creed, since Brotherhood is all worth while at Christmastide.
~ Give Steps to those who cannot plod on their own errands to and fro above the crisp December sod as others go.
~ Give Thought to what you best can do to cheer the heart and sooth the mind and make the world seem good and kind to those less fortunate than you.
~ Give Smiles to all whose weary load brings gloom and pain and gray despair, and bends them low o-er life’s steep road; for smiles with them are rare.
~ Give Knowledge to the dull, untaught, for some there are who do not know with what our Christmastide is fraught; and speak of Him, the Manger born, beneath the Eastern Star’s pale glow.
~ Give Courage to the fearing band that needs the clasp of friendly hand, and cheering smile and all good will; give courage, then, to such as they this day.
~ Give Heed to others and their need. They know, they feel, they have desire; nor is it what you think is best, but rather what they most require, that you should give and do and say on Christmas Day.
~ Give Laughter–not the scornful sort, but laughter that abounds with happy, wholesome, merry sounds, and so infectious as to bring a like retort.
~ Give Heart–the heart that beats for all upon this day; the heart that greets the lowly and the high; the heart that glows with sympathy and knows but love for those who pass you by.
~ Give Joy to all–it may be bread for one, or just a smile, or yet a simply toy, or words of praise or even gold–but give them all and you will give but joy.–Selected.
There is, in this one verse, the Gospel; both materially and spiritually. One can gain sufficient knowledge from this
Prayer Keeping ~ April, Averey, Kinsley, Dustin ~ Jim ~ V’s DIL ~ Rainey ~ Donna ~ Sandra ~