A Better (or at least more productive) Christmas Gift

Here’s a little quiz I often give the people we counsel on finances. You only get ten seconds to answer each question, so put that fancy phone to use. Keep your eyes on the first question only right now — no peeking!

What’s the most memorable Christmas gift you’ve ever received?

Got it? OK, next question.

What’s the most memorable Christmas gift you’ve ever given?

In my experience, most people can answer the second question without a problem, but often struggle with the first one. That shouldn’t surprise us, because Jesus told us that it’s better to give than to receive.

Now, you give gift cards to your family and get some gift cards back, or you can give something that matters. So here’s an idea.

Remember those kids I introduced you to a month or two ago? All of them are either currently living on donations or are about to. All of them are a bit behind in what they need (where “bit” can range from a little to a lot). All of them could use a Christmas surprise.

So, why don’t you give them one? Whatever else you do this Christmas, make a donation to one of them. Or, hey, make one to all of them. The original blog entry has a link on their names for each of their donation sites.

It’s the most fun you’ll have all Christmas, I promise.

And if you have any leftover, I’m always appreciative of some chocolate…

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