Sunday Inspiration: Christmas Gift Suggestions

Christmas gift suggestions

“Christmas Gift Suggestions:

To your enemy, forgiveness.
To an opponent, tolerance.
To a friend, your heart.
To a customer, service.
To all, charity.
To every child, a good example.
To yourself, respect.”
— Oren Arnold, author

Are you holiday shopping this year? Are you finished? Ours was blessedly easy. Food was at the top of Christmas lists, followed by gift cards for shopping on the internet.


Still, who wouldn’t benefit from extra gifts chosen from the list above? This year I’m thinking particularly of tolerance, which may be out of stock or hard to find.  Tolerance doesn’t mean we have to accept and participate in acts we find reprehensible, or support people indulging in them. But tolerating the differences that make our world a more interesting place is a goal worth pursuit, a perfect goal for the winter holidays.

So I’ll be shopping for tolerance, which I’ve been short on lately. I’m glad for this reminder.

What will you shop for?


  1. Kate C on December 13, 2020 at 8:16 am

    To go along with tolerance, perhaps Contentment. Striving to find contentment within the limitations imposed on us, instead of fighting them.
    Yesterday, I saw someone in the news claiming that they can’t have Christmas. As we learned from the Grinch, Christmas will come anyway, and it is up to us to find the reasons to celebrate.

    • DELORES on December 13, 2020 at 9:39 am

      I agree. Christmas is in the heart.

    • Emilie Richards on December 13, 2020 at 11:18 am

      “ It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store.” You’re so right, Kate. Different, yes, but still ultimately Christmas, and the same could be said for any of the winter holidays.

  2. Kathleen O'Donnell on December 13, 2020 at 8:37 am

    I am down to one gift, which I will order on amazon.. The rest will be gift cards.

  3. DELORES on December 13, 2020 at 9:37 am

    Right there with you!

  4. Adelyn Grudier on December 13, 2020 at 11:14 am

    I hope I can continue to be tolerant to those who still think the virus is a hoax and wearing a mask is somehow un-American. It takes a lot of tolerance to not mouth off to those who are so far out of reality.
    Since I no longer have a car at my disposal and must rely on public transportation to and from places, my chances of regular shopping are limited.. So between ordering on line and working my l’il ole sewing machine overtime, I have my shopping almost done. Now, if it only wasn’t so hard to get to the post office. It takes creative planning to get some things done.
    But I am blesed to have made it through this annus horribilus still in one piece. That alone is the best blessing alone. May we all have a better year next year. We are, after all, in the roaring 20s.

    • Emilie Richards on December 13, 2020 at 11:20 am

      Adelyn I have a great way to send packages etc. through Paypal that anybody can use. You just need your packaging and a scale and a printer. It’s helped me enormously. Email me and I’ll send you the link.

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