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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 Non-material Gift I Have Ever Gotten Has To Be My... ||Nov 27th. at 12:07:58 am EST|
|Tigerfox (Providence, Rhode Island US) ||Age: 20 - Email |
The best non-material gift i have ever gotten has to be my boyfriend (i know, major cheeze) but he came into my life right around yuletide last year, and even though we didn't start dating until mid-january, the ball got rolling around yule last year. He's everything I could ever want or need in someone, so much so that we've been together almost a year despite living several hundred miles apart, and only seeing each other an average of 2 days a month. He's the best friend of an adopted (by me) brother, and I love him dearly.
The best material gift I have ever recieved was last year's birthday gift from this boyfriend. Before we even started going out, (we just talked a lot) he sent me the 10th anniversary book of the Sandman by Neil Gaimon. If you haven't seen this book, at least find it and look through it. The illustrations were done by Yoshitaka Amano, and are stunning. It's a story of a kitsune and a monk, and how they fall in love and what happens to them because of it. This book means so much to me, words can't describe.
This year, we're giving ourselves a sort of three day vacation in New Orleans. It was supposed to be a job hunting trip for me, but since he's been there a few times, I enlisted him as tour guide. And I'm giving my family the gift of not working during my college break since it's probably going to be my last yule/christmas at home. Usually, I work every day except christmas at a local bakery, right up until Jan. 1, but this year, they're more important than the extra cash.
Love, luck, and lollipops,
| What Is My Most Treasured Gift? My Friend Bunny Gave Me A... ||Nov 27th. at 3:39:22 am EST|
|WhiteFalcon (Wichita, Kansas US) ||Age: 32 - Email |
What is my most treasured gift? My friend Bunny gave me a plaque of the Desederata that she had bought sometime back in the sixties. She was someone I had met online and had chatted with extensively and then we talked on the phone a couple of times. I guess it means so much to me because in all the years she'd had it, so she told me, it had hung over her desk and she had used it as guidepost in her life for around 25-30 years. Then out of the blue she sent it to me.
What special gift would I like to give to someone this year? Peace. Stability. But mostly peace.
| This Is An Easy One. The First Yule I Spent With My... ||Nov 27th. at 4:55:27 am EST|
|Candle Ogham (Sacile, Italy) ||Age: 22 - Email |
This is an easy one. The first Yule I spent with my husband, we were living in a small apartment, we were broke, and I was pregnant. He bought me a baby name book. I still treasure that book, although it had nothing to do with the actual naming of my daughter. When I take it down off the shelf, it holds amazing memories. I also received a pair of jeans from my husband. I bought him a felt cowboy hat and a lava lamp. My parents, brother, and in-laws were there. I spent the entire morning throwing up and reading my book. I remember that day so well as one of the best in my life. Being on the other side of the world, it will be my first Yule without my parents, but I hope to make it a Yule to treasure for my family.
| Memory: My Father's Love Of Yule. He Baked Cookies All Winter Long... ||Nov 27th. at 6:56:16 am EST|
|Trish Telesco (Western, New York US) ||Age: 40 - Email |
Memory: My father's love of Yule. He baked cookies all winter long just for Christmas - and they were GOOOOOOOOD to the last crumb. I remember him fussing over the tree (it had to be "just so") and sneaking gifts upstairs after work. Dad wasn't an overly showy person when it came to feelings, and this was his way of expressing love for his family.
Gift: a pearl necklace from my mother and father commemorating my high school graduation that year in the top 10% of my class. It wasn't so much the gift but the fact that dad told me how proud he was and actually cried in front of me for the first time that I could remember.
Special gifts: heheh I can't say or it might spoil some surprises but I will tell you that I've been busy looking for really special goodies for my pagan family this year. So many people have been gentle and supportive - so I'd like by this posting to send them a HUG and a note of thanks. I may not always remember your name, but I do remember the kindness you extend always, and carry that in my heart.
| The Best Gift I Ever Received Started As A Gift I Actually... ||Nov 27th. at 9:31:10 am EST|
|Lynn (Brooklyn Park, Minnesota US) ||Age: 32 - Email |
The best gift I ever received started as a gift I actually gave. In June 1989 I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. I tried as best I could to keep her but due to some rather unpleasant situations I chose to give her up when she was 6 months old. I signed the papers on December 12th 1989. In my state the adoption agency is required to keep the child being adopted out for a full 14 days just in case I change my mind. 14 days would have been December 26th. On December 24th I received a phone call from my case worker asking if I was going to change my mind in the next 2 days. I said no, why? She wanted to know if it was ok if they called the family I had chosen so they could pick up their new daughter on Christmas Eve. I thought it was very fitting and told my case worker that I had no intentions of changing my mind and to go ahead. 6 months later I had the honor and pleasure of actually meeting the people who adopted my daughter. They thanked me for the greatest gift they ever could have received that Christmas. That was the best gift of all. Knowing that I could give such a gift to someone else and being able to see how much it meant. Blessed be all this yule. May all your gifts be special.
| I Got My First Custom, Handmade Guitar - A Gallagher Ragtime Special - In... ||Nov 27th. at 9:42:52 am EST|
|Lasairochroidhe (Cedar Rapids, Iowa US) ||Age: 35 |
I got my first custom, handmade guitar - a Gallagher Ragtime Special - in 1996. It's a beautiful thing. Not just a wonderful gift from my family but the gift of luthier Don Gallagher's inspiration and vision as a true artist. It's even more special because he made it JUST for me, and actually had my music playing in the factory while he was working on it much of the time.
This year, we are giving a porcelain doll to a little girl who is going through some tough times at home - her parents recently divorced. The doll is remarkably beautiful, and we're hoping that she becomes a trusted friend and companion through times light and dark. My husband and I saw her right away when we walked into the store where we bought her - we just stood and looked at her for a long time and he said, "If you were a little girl again..." and I answered, "I'd love her." I can't wait to give it to her!
| My Gift Of Insight And Wisdom Has Come To Me Piecemeal, Over... ||Nov 27th. at 9:50:21 am EST|
|Sunfell (Little Rock, Arkansas US) ||Age: 40 |
My Gift of Insight and Wisdom has come to me piecemeal, over many years and from many people. Nearly everyone I have met has contributed to it one way or another. Some givers have been positive, and others negative, but each encounter, each conversation, meal, meditation, article, book, or chat- has added to the layers of understanding, insight, and hard-won wisdom that is the root matrix of who and what I currently am.
This Gift is far from complete- I shall receive more and more of it until the day I die. As I grow older, I daily discover the richness of this Gift. The best part is that it cannot wear out, be stolen, lost, or destroyed. It is with me at all times, in all seasons.
What is really wonderful about this Gift is that when I share it with others, it continues to grow and give- for in giving of my own knowledge, insight and wisdom to others, I continue the great chain of the Ancient Mages, Wise-People and Adepts- those who came before me, and whispered the same words into the ears of those who eventually taught me.
Now, at the age of Giving Back, I can freely give what I have received, and watch the seeds grow in those who follow me. Thus is the Wisdom and Insight of the Ancients propogated.
| If We're Talking About Gifts That Are Exchanged At Yuletide, Then I'd... ||Nov 27th. at 11:14:00 am EST|
|Marea (Niagara Falls, Ontario CA) ||Age: 30 - Email |
If we're talking about gifts that are exchanged at Yuletide, then I'd have to say that the best gift I've ever received was a cheque for a thousand dollars. You see, my high school band was planning a European tour the year I turned 17 and I needed to come up with $1000 to go. My grandmother knew I was having trouble with the fundraising, and on Christmas morning there was that crisp white cheque stuffed into my stocking. That gift allowed me to go on a trip that really changed my vision of the world and I learned so very much! I'd have to say though, that when I think about the gifts I've received through the years they don't stand out as much as the warm and loving sentiments attached to them. The caring and love of family and friends (even if sometimes you want to scratch their eyes out!) is perhaps one of the greatest gifts of all - second to the sheer wild beauty of the planet we inhabit.
Just a little poetic waxing there..........
| I Would Have To Say My Greatest Gifts I Had Ever Received... ||Nov 27th. at 11:53:06 am EST|
|Demarkus (Indianapolis, Indiana US) ||Age: 25 |
I would have to say my greatest gifts I had ever received around Yule time was the birth of my two daughters. They are the most presious gifts I could have ever received.
| My Best Gift Ever Came Early On A Beautiful And Sunny February... ||Nov 27th. at 12:03:55 pm EST|
|Kristin (Alexandria, Virginia US) ||Age: 28 - Email |
My best gift ever came early on a beautiful and sunny February morning in Chicago (and if you've ever been to Chicago in February, you know that's rare).
After a few terrifying months, then a few frightening hours, I saw the most beautiful hand, followed by the wisest set of eyes. She looked at me so serenely, noiselessly, deeply.
"Don't worry, Mom. We'll be just fine."
| 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.
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