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Heartwings Love Notes 910b: The Gift of Christmas

Heartwings says "The gifts given at Christmas symbolize the true gift of this special day."

While generally speaking Thanksgiving is about being thankful, for many people Christmas is about gift giving. One of my favorite Christmas legends is an Italian one about La Befana. An old lady who missed out on the actual birth of the holy child, and so hoping give to him, she leaves Christmas gifts for all children. Giving at this season is a tradition so old that it is present in a part of humanity called the collective unconscious.

Many people at this time disregard that and deplore gift giving, calling it a symbol of our greedy society. They may be right in their way; however, I wonder if they have considered the inspiration to give that is inherent in Christmas. Note that the focus in many ads is all about buying for others, for those on your Christmas list. No one has much to say about buying gifts for yourself. Actually, it is a good idea to buy yourself a Christmas/Holiday gift—at least one.

I am a firm believer in giving to oneself as well as to others. That way you don't feel deprived when or if you don't get much back. To be sure, giving with unconditional love—likely the best way to do so, means giving without expectations. Yet this is much easier when you give to yourself, perhaps purchase something you really want, or buy a highly personal item that no one is apt to give to you.

I believe the true gift of Christmas is the inspiration to give that it inspires. Depending on their belief system, many will tell you what the basis is for this tradition. For them this may be very important, yet from St. Nicholas to Santa, from the Three Kings to La Befana, whatever the inspiration may be, the gifts in the stockings and under the tree spell Christmas/Solstice/Chanukah /Kwanza, and perhaps other holiday days, for us all.

May your gifts to others be appreciate and may you give to yourself what you truly desire.

Blessings and Best Regards, Tasha Halpert

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Tasha Halpert

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