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Day 365: Gifts Are My Love Language


I know that we celebrate Christmas to rejoice over the birth of a savior, of God coming to earth as man, but the simple fact is, gifts are a part of the celebration. And that's good! One of the ways we express our love for each other and for Jesus is through giving gifts. 

I used to think my love of gifts was because I was the baby of the family, a bit of a spoiled brat, if you will. I delight in both giving and receiving gifts, but I know not everyone does. My delight was validated when I learned about the Five Love Languages. Gifts are a thing, and loving them is legit! 

This year I had fun with much of my shopping, especially a custom necklace I ordered from Etsy for my sister, who is deep into her life as a hockey mom. Imagine my pleasure when I opened my gift from her to find a book-lover's necklace from the same shop! It's been on my Etsy wish list for a while, but so have a million other things and it made me so happy to have (kind of) matching necklaces with my big sister. I love little, unexpected joys like that! 

Since we're still traveling, I have had much time to unpack and revel in all my wonderful gifts, but don't doubt that I'll be doing just that in a few days! I got these great little boots from my sister-in-law and some Pioneer Woman stuff I've been drooling over from my brother-in-law, along with lots of other great things. Most of the complements I get on my clothes are on gifted items, and I received a couple of things to add to my wardrobe from my mom and sister, who have similar better senses of style to mine and rarely disappoint in that regard. 

One of my sons shares my love of gifts, and we had so much fun watching him take great pleasure not only in his own gifts, but in everyone's gifts. It's hard not to enjoy Christmas with little ones around! 

Happy 7th Day of Christmas! 

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