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More Blessed To Give Than To Receive #UnwrapChristmas

It only takes a spark to get the fire going.
And soon all those around can warm up in its glowing.
That’s how it is with God’s love
Once you have experienced it
You want to sing
You feel like spring
You want to pass it on…

A few of us got together for a Secret Santa effort, divided by names and united through a common Christmas spirit of sharing. And it is in this spirit that we bring this #UnwrapChristmas blog chain to you.

I am thankful to Sujatha Singh for passing on the baton of spreading the Christmas joy and spirit.

More Blessed To Give Than To Receive

While receiving gracefully is  something that I’ve  had to learn, I’ve always believed that it’s more blessed to give than to receive. I’ve felt the joy of giving more than once, even if sometimes the gifts were intangibles – in the form of listening, understanding, offering comfort and gentle nudges to spread wings.

Last year, I met after a 8 years, a young woman who had worked with me. She came to meet me laden with gifts. I was completely overwhelmed by her generosity, until I read her note that explained how grateful she was for my encouragement and support in the past. Something I had done naturally, but had obviously made a big difference to her. In that moment, even though I was receiving, I realized again the blessings of giving generously.

Growing up, Santa and new clothes were not associated with Christmas. My parents felt that there was too much focus on the commercial aspects of Christmas and they’d rather have us focus on the religious aspects. I respect their decision. Perhaps, because of that, the Christmas season doesn’t stress me out.  José and I keep it simple too, mainly focusing on giving to people in need and special home-cooked meals for the two of us. As I’ve often said, paraphrasing Mary Ellen Chase, for me Christmas is not a date, it’s a state of mind.

Despite these choices, I love giving and receiving gifts. I’ve never taken part in a Secret Santa event before, but this year, I decided to let my hair down and do that. I have been enjoying planning what gifts to send and waiting to hear back from the recipients of my gifts. I received one lovely gift from a blogger friend and it’s something I shall treasure, knowing that he picked it out with me in mind.  Just this morning I received another lovely book and have no idea who sent it to me. I love surprises and guessing. I think I have sent out more gifts than I will receive, but that’s exactly why it’s so much more fun!

I came across this post on the Good News Network and knew I had to share it with you, dear readers ! It goes to prove my experience that it’s more blessed to give than to receive.

PS: Excuse the ads – they were the price of republishing for free.

Strangers Get Happier When Asked to Give Away Gifts in Train Station-Watch

 Commuters at this train station might have expected to see a sleigh and reindeer parked outside after a jolly telephone call urges them to deliver Christmas presents to complete strangers. “The Christmas Gift Experiment” starts with a phone call from Santa – ringing from an over-sized gift box placed in the middle of the Birmingham New…

I now invite Sushmita Malakar to spread the message of Christmas and New Year on her blog.

As for you, dear reader, I wish you all the blessings of giving and receiving. Share and enjoy the gifts of the Season.

Do read the other posts on theme of #Unwrap Christmas.


15 Comments

  1. ak ak December 26, 2015

    Such a warm and wonderful post. Thank you for sharing.

    Merry Christmas and a prosperous new year. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Sushmita Malakar Sushmita Malakar December 25, 2015

    Lovely Corinne:)

    It is indeed something to feel blessed about when you know you are capable of giving someone a moment of happiness and hope. It is just a way of giving back the universe what it has given you ๐Ÿ™‚

    Merry Christmas! ๐Ÿ™‚

    P’s: I assume by now you know who your secret Santa is. She is just a li’l bit delayed. But she tried her best to find the best for you ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Pratikshya Mishra Pratikshya Mishra December 24, 2015

    Wow .. this has me smiling throughout.. gifting strangers can feel so good.. I want to do this often.. At least i have started the process. Feeling happy.. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Shilpa Garg Shilpa Garg December 24, 2015

    I so believe in giving the gift of our time, patience, concern, smile, a kind word… It makes a big difference. Just like your friend, I have experienced it so many times too, when a small gesture has turned around my day! This Secret Santa was so much fun! Loved the whole process of selecting, sending the gift and anticipating the reaction of the santee! Merry Christmas to you and Jose, Corinne โ™ฅ

  5. richa singh richa singh December 24, 2015

    One day that girl will be me. You have given me so much I can never put in words, perhaps gift will work better there ๐Ÿ˜‰ But honestly my parents also stressed so much on the idea behind festivals that they also always mean more than the act itself. More in spirit and less in action in a way ๐Ÿ™‚ Don’t get me wrong, I love gifts too ๐Ÿ˜€

  6. Kala Ravi Kala Ravi December 24, 2015

    Thanks for sharing this with all of us Corinne. Your warmth and love, energize the festive spirit all the more. I agree that it makes sense to tone down celebrations at home and instead focus our energies on sharing it with those who need it more. Loved connecting with you! Stay Blessed! P.S: Love the snowfall on your site!

  7. Vishal Bheeroo Vishal Bheeroo December 24, 2015

    Corinne, you’ve played a part in the journey of so many. Merry Xmas and keep bringing the cheer.

  8. Aditi Aditi December 24, 2015

    I love the spirit of Christmas, spreading joy and love. And yes, it is more fun in giving.
    I saw that video a few days back on Facebook and it put a smile on my face. What a lovely thought!
    Merry Christmas dear Corinne and a Happy New Year! Lots of love!

  9. Apoorva Apoorva December 24, 2015

    wow..so good to know about the Christmas Gift experiment… I think this to a large extent summarises why we all connected on this cause… Sending a gift is always so much more fulfilling. It was so good to #unwrapchristmas with you and to connect again on blogoshphere. Merry Christmas and a happy happy new year to you!!!! Keep spreading your love and gyaan.

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | December 24, 2015

      I loved that video and just had to share it, Apoorva. Such a pleasure to have reconnected with you! โ™ฅ

  10. Lata Lata December 24, 2015

    Merry Christmas Corinne. The initiative to spread the joy of giving to strangers is laudable especially for the troubled times we are going through in the world

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | December 24, 2015

      Thank you, Lata. Yes, simple gestures can make a world of difference. Wishing you the joys of the Christmas season all through the new year!

  11. Sujatha Singh Sujatha Singh December 24, 2015

    Wow Corrine, I felt enlightened and warmed after reading through your wonderful post. Thank you for having me be a part of this blog post wave!! Merry Christmas and a happy new year!

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | December 24, 2015

      Thanks, Sujatha! Messaging you so that you can be a part of more blogging togetherness! Wishing you all the joys of the Christmas season through the New Year!

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