Christmas giving—financial or priceless?

When our children were young, we were a single-income family buying our first home—and Christmas was upon us again.

With parents, grandparents, children, and family, we had a Christmas list with more than 20 names. And we were accustomed to sharing gifts with them all. Unfortunately, each year we found ourselves still paying our Christmas bills through the springtime. How could we enjoy holiday sharing without feeling the "pain of payment" that would follow? Was it possible to feel, instead, the true meaning of Christmas?

"Father," we prayed, "show us what we need to know." Almost immediately, this answer came: "What are you really giving?"

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Testimony of Healing
Honesty in a department store
December 23, 2002

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