More Blessed to Give

With a desire that our family would focus on giving rather than receiving at Christmastime, Mom came up with a great idea that was destined to become a family tradition. Now, every year as Christmas Eve approaches, anticipation and excitement build while each member of the family secretly creates a special gift for someone else.

{Dec24} David marvels at the beautiful shelf Daniel madeOne thing that makes our gift exchange special is that it has to be a personalized gift, often created with materials that are already in the home or workshop. Mom coordinates it ahead of time so that each person makes a gift for a different person. And Dad is always there to help out anyone who needs a hand with a difficult project.

{Dec24} Wow! Look what Mike made for DonThis year on Christmas Eve we gathered at Grandpa and Grandma Brannon’s house, enjoyed cookies together in an atmosphere of lighted candles, and marveled at all of the creativity, diligence, and thoroughness that went into each person’s exchange gift. Over and over again, this fun family tradition has revealed to us the truth that “it is more blessed to give than to receive.”

{Dec24} Jonathan excitedly opens David's gift to him{Dec24} Jonathan gives his gift to Robert{Dec24} A beautiful picture from James to Mike


  1. Joshua January 4, 2007 at 8:37 am #

    What a wonderful way to make Christmas extra special! Those will certainly be the gifts remembered all year long because of the love poured into them. Creativity, Perseverance, Diligence, and Sticktuitiveness 🙂 would certainly have to of been present to make all those unique presents.


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