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Question of the Week: 16 - 11/27/2000

What is the best gift that you ever received?

Shopping during YuleTide can make you crazy and there are some great gifts out there without a doubt. But not all of our most treasured gifts were found in a store. What gift came at just the right time for you? Which one-physical, spiritual or a special memory-do you treasure the most? What special gift are you hoping to give to someone this year?

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The Best Gifts I Ever Received Were My Best Friend, Love Of... Nov 27th. at 12:33:11 pm EST

Green Sprite (Fort Lauderdale, Florida US) Age: 18

The best gifts I ever received were my best friend, love of my life, and earthly goddess Jen, my loving family, my life, health and wealth (not financial wealth, we do well enough but we're not rich, the wealth I speak of is a deeper wealth of the heart and spirit), and my initiation into the world of paganism, which began as a casual interest in improving my life through magick and developed into a lifelong spiritual quest.

Last Year My Dad Gave Me 5 Little Certificates He Had Made... Nov 27th. at 1:18:13 pm EST

Tasha (Mansfield, Texas US) Age: 20 - Email

Last year my dad gave me 5 little certificates he had made up for baby sitting my son, so that I could use them to get a break from him, to go out to clubs, on dates, etc. I still have one. That gift has helped me keep my sanity. And then, one year, my mom gave me a certificate for a day that ws just for the two of us, to do what ever we wanted. That was really cool; at the time, she was working a lot to make ends meet, and when I did see her, it was usually when she got home from her second shift job at 1 am. My sister one year gave everybody in the family hugs. In my family, we all know that the rest of us are broke. And we love giving what my dad calls energy exchange gifts. Most years we have little certificates for various things. I think the only person in the family who probably won't get one this year is my son; since he is only 2, he probably doesn't understand all this gift giving stuff yet.

However, I think the best gift I ever got from my family would be that when I was 10 or so, we all decided not to buy each other gifts that year. Instead, we adopted a family, and helped out the spirit of Santa. We bought the kids in the family lots of toys, and clothes, new winter jackets, gloves. We got the parent something to help her relax (I don't remember the stuff we got her to much). We cooked dinner, and baked cookies. We piled everything into the car, dragged it all up three flights of stairs, knocked on the door, and proceeded to run to a part of the stairwell where the person who answered couldn't see us. The lady broke into tears. That taught me what the Yuletide season is supposed to be about. And I think that is the greatest gift that anyone could ever give me.

The Best Gifts I Have Ever Recieved Are The People In My... Nov 28th. at 2:07:36 am EST

Morgaine (Toronto, Ontario CA) Age: 20

The best gifts I have ever recieved are the people in my life. The unconditional love from my wonderful, caring, selfless parents is a gift that I have had and maintained since birth. Two years after I came along, I was given the BIGGEST, most important gift which was my younger brother. His continuing love, friendship, and support is a gift every day and each morning and night I thank the Goddess and God for blessing me so greatly with his presence in my life. I am thankful for all of my friends, my roommate/friend who is as close as family, the love of my life, my co-workers, and all of the wonderful people in the pagan community who remind me of their support and friendship on an ongoing basis. The people who walk in and out of our lifes and those who remain are all valuable gifts and all bring with them important lessons.

I've Received Great Gifts Throughout The Years, But I Think The Ones... Nov 28th. at 1:37:18 pm EST

Bethy (Staten Island, New York US) Age: 33 - Email

I've received great gifts throughout the years, but I think the ones that impressed me the most were last year's Chirstmas gift from my parents, which I didn't get until Easter. They gave me a Llewelyn Witches Calendar, and I think that means they are more accepting of my spiritual choices.

The best gift I ever got from my now fiance was time. We were driving back from his family on christmas eve the first Christmas we were together as a couple. We had both worked that day, then driven to his dad's apartment for dinner, then to his aunt's house for the huge Italian Christmas eve seafood feast, which I had never encountered before. We didn't get out of there until past midnight, and at about 1:00 am we were still driving home. I started crying because I was so very exhausted, and the idea of getting up at 7 am to have breakfast with his mom was just the last straw. The gift of sleeping late that morning and having a leisurely breakfast together in my apartment was the greatest gift he could have given me that day.

That day I think I gave Chris, my fiance, something. I waited until the very end of the day, and made him open it last. It was a model of the Millenium Falcon, which he had wanted for his entire life. The look on his face when he opened up the present was just wonderful.

This year I hope to give him something that brings that light into his face, but the gift of being together really is the best one ever.

and I am creating holiday traditions--giving friends English christmas Crackers to pull!

I Just Wnat To Say, My Best Gift Had To Be When... Nov 28th. at 1:37:32 pm EST

Fox RavenFire (Kenosha, Wisconsin US) Age: 19

I just wnat to say, my best gift had to be when my Grandmother gave me my Grandfathers bathrobe. He had died several years earlier. I mean sure it was made of what I think to be wool, but anyways it was kinda itchy to wear. But the best part had to be when I found a napkin in the pocket. It was a note to my Grandma from my Grandpa saying that he loved her. I was so happy because I got to see my Grandmother smile when I gave it to her. That had to be one of the best Christmas/Yule gifts I have gotten.

The Holiday Season Of My Senior Year In High School, A Group... Nov 28th. at 2:19:35 pm EST

Brenna Fey D'Amaurot (NYC, New York US) Age: 22 - Email

The holiday season of my senior year in high school, a group of my closest friends got together and planned a surprise for me. I had always loved the heart and trimmings of Christmas, though I had been born into a Jewish family and was now a practicing pagan. My friends gathered at my house under the ruse that they wanted to watch "It's A Wonderful Life" with me (my first time), but one of my friends was very late. He called and, apologetically, asked me if I would come and pick him up because his parents had gone out and left him stranded at the house. Grumbling (he was always late) I left my friends at my house and went to pick up my stranded friend. Upon my return, the video was going downstairs and I ran to my room to toss my coat in the closet so I could go and watch the movie. But, as I neared my room, I saw a strange light coming from the doorway. There on my floor was a tiny Christmas tree, lit and decorated, with presents underneath. I fell to my knees and crawled closer, noticing the array of unique ornaments. As my tears began to fall, I heard the whispering of my friendly elves sneaking up behind me to see how I liked their present. I couldn't speak, but when they saw that I was crying, the whole mess of them jumped on me in a big group hug. As we sat opening presents, they explained that each of them had contributed an ornament that would represent them and secure them in my memory when I was away at college. It has been many years since that night, and I am only in close touch with a few of those friends, but I will never forget any of them. Or the best Christmas gift of my life.

The Best Gift That I Have Ever Recieved Is From My Love... Nov 28th. at 4:43:02 pm EST

Jayson Tegeder AKA Garic (Omaha, Nebraska US) Age: 26 - Email

The best gift that I have ever recieved is from my love. It started out as a Christmas present, then turned into a birthday present then turned into a mid summer present. She found this small notebook about the size of a note card. Each day she would find some poem saying or something meaningful to put into the notebook. After she had it almost all the way filled up she gave it to me. That is why it took so long for her to get it to me. One she never thought it was full enough and second we had some problems where we seperated for a while. When I got is every chance I got I went back to it so I could read every thing she put into it. I still go back to it every now and then. Just thinking of the amount of time that it took her to make that and get it to me lets me know just how much I mean to her and she wants me in her life. I don't know if I will ever recieve anything as special as that again in my life but hey anything is possible. She is always finding ways to suprise me and put a smile on my face.

Sometimes, Even Now, The Memory Comes When I Smell Cookies Baking Or... Nov 29th. at 8:45:24 am EST

Sharon Burgess (Decatur, Illinois US) Age: 52 - Email

Sometimes, even now, the memory comes when I smell cookies baking or hear a familar ker-klunk, ker-klunk that reminds me of the sound of the wooden spoon stirring the cake batter in the big crockery bowl. Mother would wedge it on her apron, between her knees as she counted the beats. I'd wait till I heard 248, 249, 250 that meant it was near time to lick the spoon. Better that the spoon was the end product, Red Velvet Cake, Thumbprint Cookies or my favorite Divinity Fudge. I was 8yrs old the year Mother gave each of us 5 children a basket running over with what we loved most, cookies & fudge & little cakes. Mine had extra Divinity Fudge, a home-made pot holder and home-made christmas cloth large enough to cover all the beautifully wraped treats. I had plans for that basket, OH YES!But things got wierd. Mom said.."get your coats & everyone get in the car, bring the baskets". It was dark & Mom drove to somewhere in Indiapolis I had never been, the houses were small and close together and we were driving down the ally. Mother stopped "Mrs. Richey lives here she has no family, you sneak up to her back porch, leave the basket, knock & run back so she doesn't see you. Wow what a feeling. I still LOVE TO GIVE & thank Mom for that gift.

The Best Gift I've Ever Received Was A Love For Travel, Which... Nov 29th. at 12:05:51 pm EST

WyndeHawke (NoVa, Virginia US) Age: 30

The best gift I've ever received was a love for travel, which I got from both sides of my family. My Mom's parents took me to Maine and Nova Scotia, my father's parents also took me to Maine and also took me to Great Britain. Mom and I have been to Canada, cross-country, the Bahamas, and Bermuda. The itch to travel sunk in - I joined the Navy after college and got to visit even more places.

The best gifts I ever gave were for the Yule/Christmas 1995 season. I was underway on a ship at the time. Yule was spent in Hong Kong, New Year's in Singapore, Valentine's in the Middle East, and Easter in Okinawa! The best part was buying gifts for my family and friends from all these places. I'd let them all know beforehand that they would have to wait until I got back from the "cruise" in May to get their gifts. Upon return, I wrapped all the gifts in beautiful festive Christmas paper and included letters telling the recipients what they got and where I'd bought it. I unfortunately didn't get to witness the looks on everyone's faces as they opened their gifts, but the letters of thanks I got were wonderful!

From September To November 1999, I Was Plagued By A Mysterious Illness... Nov 29th. at 2:52:50 pm EST

Stephanie (Culpeper, Virginia US) Age: 23 - Email

From September to November 1999, I was plagued by a mysterious illness. It was also my last semester in college so I was worried about my future & such. During the last week at school, which was also the week of Yule, I had a number of wrap up meetings.
I walked into one meeting and everyone yelled "Surprise!" It was a Get Well Soon/ Congrats/ Holiday party for me. Their present was a memory book -- over 200 people wrote about the first time they met me or their most memorable experience with me. I brought it when I moved and still look at it when I feel down.

One Year Around Imbolic I Recieved The Greatest Gift Of My Life... Nov 29th. at 8:01:58 pm EST

Richard (chicago, Illinois US) Age: 26 - Email

One year around Imbolic I recieved the greatest gift of my life. I had travelled down to Nashville, TN with several other people to work with Kurdish refugees. For the entire two weeks we worked very hard and accomplished quite a bit for the refugees. While, neither the volunteers nor the refugees shared a common language, we had several meaningful interactions during our stay. The most meaningful interaction coincided with my birthday. Several of the Kurdish families pooled their resources to cook a remarkable dinner for me and my comrades. As we all sat around the Twister mat that they used for a table, a profound understanding of Humanity and thankfulness swept over me. I will never forget the meal that we shared, nor the nourishment that they provided for my soul.

Well, The Obvious Answer Is... My Son (who Is Two This Month... Nov 30th. at 1:04:18 am EST

RevBadger (waterford, Pennsylvania US) Age: 36 - Email

well, the obvious answer is... my son (who is two this month)

the not so obvious one is time. eacj year my family (witch is ever expanding) make one hand made gift for one other in the family (we draw names..) it all started way back when we were in kindergarten making bleach-bottle planters that look like planters made out of bleach bottles, and has grown into family tradition (one of the very few we have) I have gone from thinking of the gift itself, and how over the years our proficiencies have improved, to realizeing that the actual gift is the amount of time involved in the thinking up, creating and delivery of the object.

on the other hand, fuzzy bunny slippers are a cool gift too.

Rev. Badger

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