Friday, 17 December 2010

Perfect Gifts


What makes a perfect gift?


Is it when you know someone really well, know his tastes, hobbies, likes and interests, and you have a flash of inspiration or you spot something and just know that he would really love it? Or when your children are obsessed by really interested in a particular range or type of toy and you find the latest item at a generously discounted price? Or is it when you yourself have wanted something for over a year, and finally, this Christmas, you're going to receive it?

Is it when someone notices you mention that you've never tried a particular food item, and that someone goes to the trouble of procuring your address and sending you a sample? Or when someone sends you a wonderful little package of scrappy goodness, completely unexpectedly and out of the blue, 'just because'? Is it when someone creates a beautiful and unique item just for you? Or is it when someone who lives many, many miles away is still a close friend and sends gorgeous packages with touching messages that bring tears to your eyes?


Or is it something money can't buy? Is it family, and friendship, and love, and care, and looking out for people, and people looking out for you? Is it a word or an email or a note that just says 'Hello, friend'? Is it a hug or a smile or an offer of practical help or just being there in companionable silence?


Or perhaps it's a baby, born over 2000 years ago? A baby who grew into a man who died on a cross to atone for all that we've done wrong? A man who rose again and thus defeated death so that we, too, may have eternal life?


The most perfect gift of all: Jesus.

15 comments:

Deb said...

Wow, Mel. Your Christmas posts are knocking my socks off. I love this one too!!! xo

Giselle said...

As far as I'm concerned all your descriptions are the perfect present! The colours choices for your page are delightful -Christmassy but not quite traditional :)

Sian said...

Really great post Mel. I love this one.

Maria Ontiveros said...

Love the Nativity theme.
Rinda

Kirsty.a said...

YOur journaling is just getting better and better

scrappyjacky said...

Great post,Mel....and they are all perfect gifts.

Photographing Mom said...

Awesome page. Awesome words!

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

Beautiful page! I love your journaling!

JO SOWERBY said...

i really loved reading this post, and i think blogfriends are fabulous. it is always gr8 to receive something unexpected. i got a lovely surprise today too.
i do agree that jesus is the grtest gift of all and sometimes it is so easy to forget that amongst all the elements that can deflect us away from xmas true meaning,
Jo xxxx

Amy said...

Mel, this album is just going to be a beautiful reflection of your Christmas celebration this year ... one day when I make it to your fair shores I am going to love peeking at it in real life ... you know, one day when we can all get together?? :-) I can dream can't I? :-)

Beverly said...

Beautiful journaling yet again! I am so enjoying your work on this project. Glad we are sharing the same taste in some of our fav Christmas songs :)

Linda said...

What an absolutely perfect post, Mel and your page is lovely. Love the manger transparency. xx

Heather said...

lovely sentiments Mel xx

jillconyers said...

Love the details of your layout. And the sentiment behind it. It's the things money can't buy. Those are the perfect gifts. My family has been having this conversation for the past 2 days. What is the true meaning of Christmas?

Have a great day Mel :)

Rachel B said...

Lovely post Mel, its so christmassy. I love your perfect list :)