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The Gift

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

My husband and I don't make much of gift giving. The kids get gifts, the grandkids get gifts, but we have a different plan for ourselves. We make plans. We give ourselves to each other and plan how we can spend special time together.
Olive Garden has a great soup and salad lunch. We will visit there a few times.
In the summer, we bought an A Liner camper. Now we are working on where we will travel this summer. Life and love are our greatest gifts to share. The way that we spend our time on earth can greatly enrich those that we love most.
Do you have special holiday traditions? Please tell me about them!
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  • JANTHEBLONDE
    Love your blog! My hubby and I don't exchange gifts either! We also think about where we want to travel in the coming year! Thanks for sharing! Hope you had a wonderful Tuesday!
    Hugs and love, xoxo
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    Comment edited on: 12/24/2015 11:55:07 AM
  • GRAMMYEAC
    Our gifts to each other are now, more than ever, gifts of time: time to spend travelling, time to spend sharing, time to spend supporting our grandchildren.
    1451 days ago
  • SHAWFAN
    Love this idea, as well. Hubby and I do take time for each other, but never enough with both of us working full time and caring for two of our grandchildren and our daughter on top of it. But we do spend money on ourselves, when we have it.
    With my job, I travel, so he goes with me when I don't fly. Sometimes when I do, but the company won't pay for his flight ticket, so that's one thing we try to save for when we're aware of when a trip will be planned.
    1451 days ago
  • BABYBARNEY
    I am surprised at the number of comments of couples who treat each other to TRAVEL as their gifts of time together. So pleased to share this past time...it's the best gift & sweetest memory of a well travelled & CHERISHED life together! No gifts at our home either!
    1451 days ago
  • DOVESEYES
    Time spent together is a special privilege.
    1451 days ago
  • THROOPER62
    I am having a difficult time remembering any of the gifts my husband gave me throughout our married life. But what I do remember is the trips we took. Niagara Falls and the Pocono Mountains along with other side trips.
    1452 days ago
  • JSTETSER
    Thanks friends for the great comments
    1452 days ago
  • GABY1948
    We are the same...we just always buy for each other all year long!

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  • LIS193
    Merry Christmas!
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    Since moving to Mexico we don't decorate apart putting lights in the little palm tree by the front door and we don't give presents. We have a lovely quiet day with a special lunch together and enjoy the white stuff - sand on the beach that is, not snow!
    1452 days ago
  • JACKIEWALKS4FUN
    Hubby and I also make traveling plans together. The gift of time :)
    I use to take my children with me to visit the rest home where my Mother was. Would had out cards and cookies and sit and talk. Now I go there myself, she is gone, but I still like to go. Getting ready to do that today.
    1452 days ago
  • PATRICIA-CR
    That's how we like to celebrate any time a year!
    1452 days ago
  • KOHINOOR2
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  • NASFKAB
    what a lovely idea spending time together it did not happen to me but that would have been what I needed coming first with somebody now I spend time with my son & try to visit the old & lonely
    1452 days ago
  • MISSYGEEN
    That sounds like a wonderful way to spend time together. More couples should plan time together rather than just letting everything happen.

    I like making a big breakfast on Christmas morning, When my children and my nieces were younger they would perform for us, singing and dancing and rapping. The best times ever.
    1452 days ago
  • GOLFGMA
    Our gift giving has changed. We give the money we would have spent on ourselves to others not as fortunate .
    1452 days ago
  • WILSONWR
    Like you, we like to do or see things instead of just giving gifts to one another. It's much more fun too!
    1452 days ago
  • MAMISHELI53
    Like you, I don't think much about gifts for myself, but I like to put thought into gifts for family and friends. Sometimes it's a one-time gift for someone who has absolutely no expectation - this is usually when I find out someone has a particular pet that I have in my stock of ceramic creations. But my focus is on the 5 grandkids that live with me and the one in Ireland!
    1452 days ago
  • CHERYLHURT
    We travel. We give ourselves long expanses at sea to be together, just the two of us and whomever we friend on the ship. There are no phone calls, no texting, nobody can contact us, it just US. Exploring new countries, dancing, celebrating our marriage.
    1452 days ago
  • 1CRAZYDOG
    We gather personal care items and things like stamps, stationary and pens that we give to our local Nursing Home for those who need items.

    Love your holiday traditions.

    HUGS and blessings.
    1452 days ago
  • JANET552
    That is what the holidays are all about -- spending time with loved ones.
    1452 days ago
  • TWEETYKC00
    Sounds great, I hope you both enjoy the time together.
    1452 days ago
  • IOEINC
    Lovely tradition you and John have. I love spending time with my husband too. After 42 years he is still my best friend who can still make me laugh all day long. emoticon

    I love the O. Henry story of the Gift of the Magi. That is something we would do for each other.

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    Comment edited on: 12/22/2015 6:36:11 AM
  • INSPIRED1314
    We go to Haven of Rest and give gifts as a family. We review in the Bible stories of the gifts Jesus gave in people. It's a joy to hear the grands version. We laugh, we, love we sing. Tis the seasOn to lift up Jesus & remember what He's done 4 us!
    1452 days ago
  • LIVINHEALTHY9
    Hubby and I have cut back on the Christmas gifts to each other. We buy what we need throughout the year, so we don't have a lot on our Christmas lists.
    And as we get older, we are thinking more about saving than spending.


    1452 days ago
  • TURKLA
    Love this idea. My boyfriend and I have been thinking of different ways to celebrate that don't involve just buying things neither of us really need. This year we've just moved in together so it's definitely the gift of time together!
    1452 days ago
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