Never get tired of doing little things for others, sometimes those little things occupy the biggest parts of their hearts – Unknown
picture ( An Aussie Christmas)
A Christmas story..
When I was little, my grandpa had cancer. He and my grandma were exhausted from all the treatments and emotions over the previous months, and so decided not to make the two-hour drive to have Christmas with the rest of the family. So my mom arranged for us to drive to their home without them knowing and when we arrived, we all stood outside their home singing Christmas carols to surprise them.
I’ll never forget the look on my grandma’s face when she drew back the curtains to see what was going on outside — it makes me tear up just to think about how excited she was. My grandpa died a month later, but my grandma has always said how grateful she was that we didn’t forget about him on what ended up being his last Christmas.
Sometimes the best gifts we can give each other at Christmas is our time. The story above reminded me to be more thoughtful and considerate when it comes to giving this year. Often we can get caught up spending far too much at christmas, when deep down, we all love receiving gifts from the heart.
I also wanted to take this time to thank all my beautiful readers who have contributed to my blog this year. Thankyou for taking the time to share your thoughts and views on my posts, thankyou for your support. Thankyou to the wonderful bloggers that I follow as well. Thankyou for inspiring me and for creating space for me to laugh, learn and be present each day. I wish you all a peaceful, warm christmas and I look forward to connecting with you all in the New Year. Namaste!
53 thoughts on “A Christmas gift…”
You, dear Karen, are the embodiment of the law of attraction. YOU create a space where all feel welcome to laugh, love and share in this Merry-go-round we call life, and thus you reap what you sow. Sending you all the blessings of the season, and ever so much love….
You are very kind Lori! Thankyou. Is it possible in the New Year we may have your blog up and running again? I hope so. Sending lots of love to you and your family too during this season. Take care. 🎄🎉🎄🎉💕
Awwww, thank you for asking, Karen. I really do need to get back to it, and goodness knows those two give me plenty of fodder! 😉 wishing you and yours the most blessed of holidays, too….
Good I look forward to it Lori! 💕
Thank you, Karen, for always providing thought-worthy reading here at you “home”. I enjoy your wise words and sage advice every time I come here. I wish you & yours a wonderful Christmas and a very happy 2017 ❤
Thankyou Helen, I love visiting your world too. May you also have a wonderful Christmas with your family 🎉🎄
Lovely story. Lovely sentiment. Best wishes for the holidays. ☺
Thankyou so much, have a wonderful holiday too. 🎄🎉
You are a rock Karen, a Rock. It’s a pleasure and honor to consider you a friend.
Oh, thanks Dave. I feel the same way about you my friend. Have a beautiful Christmas with your family. 🎄🎉🎄
I love this Karen, what a great post! And we enjoy your uplifting and encouraging posts. Thank you so much!
I enjoy your inspiring posts too Nico. Many blessings during this holiday season. 🙏🏻🎉
Holiday Blessings to you Karen!
Wonderful story and reminders to take time for people and gifts of the heart. Thank you Karen. Happy holidays to you and yours.
Happy holidays Brad! Thankyou for your support this year. 🎄🎉🎄
Likewise Karen. ☃️🎄
Thank you Karen for all the content you provide. The story you posted reminds me of the phrase “the best things in life aren’t things”
Thankyou for being here. That is a great phrase. Have a wonderful holiday season. 🎄🎉
You have inspired me more than you know, Karen. Merry Christmas! 🎄❤😘🎄
Thankyou Jennifer, that means a lot. You are a beautiful person. Have a wonderful break with your family. See you in the New Year 🎉💕🎉🎄
smiling to the generosity
of this gift, Karen 🙂
Thanks David and for all the wonderful posts you have shared with us. Have a peaceful Christmas and New Year. 🎉🎄🎉
Wish there was a LOVE button Karen – what a great story to illustrate what’s really important. Wishing you a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year as well. ❤
Yes let’s create a “love” button Diana, I have wanted to press that a few times on many blogs.,Have a wonderful and warm snuggly Christmas, I will send you my sunny days and I look forward to connecting with you in the New Year. Much love 💕🎉🎄🎉💕🎉🎄
The gift of a bit of our time is often the best gift, for sure. Thank you for the lovely story. It will help me to remember!
Thankyou Emilie and for all your support this year. Have a wonderful break over Christmas, many blessings to you and your family. 🎄🙏🏻🎄
So grateful for you Karen.
Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family.
Thankyou Sawsan. It’s so lovely to connect with such beautiful people around the world. I am very grateful too. Have a wonderful Christmas with your family and I look forward to talking in the New Year. Much love 💕🎄💕
I love this reminder, Karen! So many times it is the “little” things that add up to giant things in our hearts. I’m glad your family took that trek that Christmas. ..and I’m glad you never forgot it! Blessings ♡
Thankyou Lorrie. It’s not my story but I loved it when I read it. It is a beautiful reminder 💚💕
Beautiful story, as tells directly what Christmas should be about, Karen 🙂
Thank you for being you and for all you wonderful posts, dear friend. You never disappoint your readers.
Merry Christmas to you and yours.
Thankyou Irene and for the beautiful jewellery you share with us. Merry Christmas to you and your family too 💕🎄💕
Thank you Karen 🙂
Buon Natale-Karen! A blessed Christmas to you and your family. And all good things in the New Year.
One of my fondest joys since writing “Crossroads,” has been the many acquaintances made, among whom you are highly regarded.
Buon Natale Alan! Thankyou for your kind words and for your wonderful support of my book and blog this year. I wish you a very peaceful Christmas and many blessings to you and your family in the New Year. 🎄🙏🏻🎄🙏🏻🎄
What a sweet memory. Your story reminds me that singing Christmas carols to people at nursing homes or to those who don’t get out much, has been one of the most meaningful and enriching experiences of my life.
Yes that is so true Joanna. Many people, especially the elderly feel alone at Christmas and really want connection. 💕
Buon Natale! 🎄 Thankyou
Merry Christmas, Karen. Thank you for your beautiful blog posts that always inspire me. 🙂
Thankyou Carol. Merry Christmas to you and your family and Thankyou for your great posts as well. 🎄💕🎄💕
I shall remember this. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks Rommel! Merikurisumasu to you!! 🎄💕🎄💕have a wonderful holiday
It is great to look back on a defining moment of childhood and what the people in our lives mean. thank you for inspiration throughout 2016. All the best for 2017.
Happy New Year Elizabeth and Thankyou. May 2017 be filled with abundance, expansion and love for you
Thank you for your inspiration! I look forward to your blog each and every time. And I agree with you on time. Each year, I pare back a bit more on the Christmas “fuss” so I can be more relaxed and present with my family. It has made a huge difference. Happy New Year!
Happy New Year Kristine! I’m excited about the year ahead, and I wish you a wonderful abundant year and look forward to your great posts too. 💕💚
So late to this one Karen but love the story. Christmas is a time to be thankful that we are able to come together once more because you never know if you will make it to the next year. There are no guarantees and so we must live for the now.
It’s true we don’t know, and you and I understand that more than most. Christmas is a special time for us all. Thanks Kath ❤️