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I love finding deals for everyone, and hope that some of these deals will make for an awesome Christmas.  Many times though, I find myself answering emails from folks that have no extra money and yet they are wanting big gifts.  It makes my heart heavy, and I hope in the end that even if the deal is awesome you will sit back and realize that if it costs money and you don’t need it… you shouldn’t buy it.

Dave Ramsey’s team this Christmas has the same desire, that folks will see that you can have a very Merry Different Christmas!  There is no need to go into debt to have the ideal Christmas.  Everyday they are posting great tips to help you save this holiday season and be content with what you can afford.

Today… I am honored to be the person sharing tips!  Head over to see all my best tips on planning a frugal Christmas dinner.  I would love for you to share any tips you have for planning large meals on a tight budget too!

While you are there make sure to enter the $100,000 giveaway.  Every week Dave is giving away a ton of prizes all the way through Christmas!

Dave Ramsey also has a giveaway for us!

Dave Ramsey has a brand new book out for Christmas called The Best Christmas Ever and it teaches kids that giving makes for a merrier Christmas than receiving.  In this story Junior and his sister Rachel learn to be happy with what they have and find joy in giving to others.

Win a Copy:

25 Southern Savers readers are going to win a copy of The Best Christmas Ever.

To Enter:

Leave a comment below telling me your favorite Christmas memory of giving rather than receiving.

The giveaway will close Monday 11/21.
This giveaway is sponsored by Dave Ramsey, all opinions are 100% my own.

    • Megan H

      We gave our kid’s artwork to their Grandparents and they put it out every year! The kid’s enjoyed it so much and were so proud.

    • Tara H

      We have some extended family that we only see at Christmas time. We don’t usually get them a gift, but we did a couple years ago. I just remember how thrilled they were to receive a gift from us…even though it wasn’t much!

    • Bill Sullivan

      Volunteering at a soup kitchen

    • monkey

      i had Christmas at my house for the first time and my 4 nieces and nephews came. I have no children so I had the tree loaded with presents for them, they had the best time and we made wonderful memories that weekend.

    • Lucy

      Definitely love to extend babysitting services to our neighbors with young kids

    • Joan

      It is so much fun figuring out what special things we can give the grandparents–especially special pictures drawn the by kids or special photos we can share from the past year.

    • asante

      Last Christmas my daughter was 1 1/2 & the joy on her face when she saw her toy kitchen was priceless. I got the wonderful gift of seeing a child’s joy. That was the best gift ever :)

    • Krista

      My favorite memory is from when I was a girl. Every Christmas, we would visit the nursing home where my grandmother was a resident. We would always walk around the halls singing Christmas carols and handing out gifts to all he people we met. Sometimes, it was nothing but a candy cane with a pretty ribbon tied on it. Even then, the residents made it seem like it was the best gift they had ever gotten. I used to tell my mom that it seemed like I had lots & lots of “grandparents” who were always happy to see me visit.

    • Deborah

      We set up a present from Santa for our parents. It was something they’ve always wanted and it was a memorable surprise for them Christmas morning!

    • Chrissy

      I remember the first Christmas my husband and I had together when we were dating I surprised him with a getaway weekend. The whole Christmas I gave him small presents as clues leading up to the big present! It was so much fun, watching him try to figure out what I’d had planned for him. He told me he’d never had anyone do anything that special for him and it made me feel so good!

    • Beth

      We try to do some yard work for elderly neighbors

    • Carolyn Burdette

      My husband and I for our first Christmas as a married couple so much enjoyed shopping for an “Angel” child in need. We never found out anything more about her except her clothing sizes, but we knew that she needed these items and it brought joy to our hearts to be able to afford to get them for her.

    • Amy Williams

      Every Christmas is like that for me. I love buying for my family.

    • aastrick

      We LOVE to give especially during the holidays. One FUN gift we did one year though that we still have never told the person receiving the gift… There was a young man in our church who was going to seminary to become a youth minister and he really needed money for his tuition. So that year thru our church we anonymously gave a sizeable amount of money to be paid toward his tuition for that year. It was soooo much fun and the best gift we have ever given!

    • Abbey

      Mom and I working at the food pantry when I was a little girl. My favorite!

    • A few years back I had a young man working for me that had a wife and 3 kids. He couldn’t afford to do Christmas presents. I couldn’t have kids and it tore at my heart. I got a few friends and family members to chip in and we went out and got them all presents and made them Christmas dinner. It was extremely rewarding.

    • Laura

      In 2003, I gave myself the gift of sponsoring a child in Africa through Compassion International. That little girl is a young lady now, and I have had the blessing of watching her grow, learn and thrive over the past 9 years!

    • Packing Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes has been our family’s favorite memory for many years! Each year we try to outdo the number of boxes we did the year before. It really teaches the kids a valuable lesson, that is more blessed to give than to receive!

    • Skippar

      The best Christmas memory of me giving was when my entire family decided not to give gifts to one another, instead we contacted a local group home for children and they gave us their wish list & we purchased toys, school supplies, personal care items, etc. This was the best feeling to be helping others in our community!

    • Lauren Clemmer

      My favorite memory of Christmas giving was when I gave my mother a calendar for the next year when she really wanted a colander. Just as sweet as she was, she said “thank you” and put the calendar up in our kitchen.

    • Last year the daycare that my son is in made cookies, pictures and sent them to Military Service Men/Women overseas. The men and women were very grateful and sent back a letter. My son and his friends were so very happy. I am Blessed to have a child that knows it is so much more to give to someone than receive.

    • We give to either a charity or a family every Christmas, but one Christmas I got to plan the entire thing through my work for a mom of three who had just lost her husband! It was the most exciting thing I’ve ever participated in. We collected toys and clothes from everyone at work for their respective sizes, wants and needs, and then our company gave her $1,000 on top of it all. The look on her face was priceless when she saw all the presents, but when I handed her that check, I thought she was gonna faint! It was spectacular!! I love, love, love giving to folks in need and even to those who are not in need – it a blessing for me.

    • Mary Alexander

      I loved it when we adopted families to buy things for. I really got into it!

    • Infoseeker

      Waking up and going to sit in my Daddy’s lap Christmas morning. My most favorite memory of Christmas.

    • My best Christmas gift ever was December 25, 2000 my water broke at 10:00 a.m. and we rushed to the hospital to welcome my first born. We were blessed with a 6lb 9oz 19 1/2 inch baby girl we named Ali. Eleven years later there is still no gift that could ever top that one. I truly have a Christmas miracle as we almost lost her. She stopped breathing when she was born and by the grace of God she came out of it all okay. She is my Christmas miracle and by far the best gift ever. :)

    • Tiffany

      My favorite memory was giving my in-laws a dishwasher since theirs had been broken for about 15 years. They were so excited.

    • Rose

      Last Christmas we fixed a Christmas meal and took gifts to a needy family that wasn’t going to be able to do anything for Christmas.

    • One of my favorite christmas memories is when the kids and I bough all the fixings for christmas diner, a tree and all the trimmings for a local family in need and left it at their door…..tang the bell and hid while they found the goodies! it was amazing to share that special moment with the kids and make someone truly happy like that.

    • Diane B.

      When I was in jr. high and high school I made sure to let people get excited about their Christmas gifts instead of bragging about the things I got. This was especially important with my friends who didn’t have as much money as me. I considered it giving them the gift of contentment instead of jealousy. I wanted them to be excited about what they received instead of jealous of what I got.

    • One of our traditions is making Christmas suckers. This started with my grandmother and is being passed down to our kids. Before we begin making the suckers, we start by listing everyone we would like to give one to. They are easy enough to make and very inexpensive, so we allow the kids to go crazy listing anyone and everyone they want to share these with. It is a great way to let them see how much joy they can give away with just a little bit of work. This is always, every single year, my favorite part of the holiday season.

    • My favorite memory of Christmas is walking into a store or at church and picking a name off of the “Angel” Tree, “Giving Tree”, or whatever it happened to be called! It is such an Awesome feeling to know that you are putting a smile on a little child’s face on Christmas morning!!

    • Ann Moore

      Last year we gave the grandparents a book with the kids voices recorded. My mom loved having their voices to listen to at any time.

    • Faith B.

      Last year my brother & his wife called me and asked us to go half on a new TV for my parents. We agreed and on Christmas morning we got to here the surprises in their voices as they realized what we had done for them (we live in two different states). It made me so happy because my parents give so much of themselves to everyone and expect nothing in return.

    • My favorite memory is when my mom would take my brothers & me to the nursing home each year on Christmas Eve & we would sing Christmas songs & visit with the elderly. What an awesome lesson that instilled in us. Sometimes giving isn’t spending money at all. It’s simply giving your TIME.

    • Last year I was able to buy a pricey children’s gift at a great discount and was able to give it to a child in the family who wasn’t expecting it – it was a great feeling giving them such a great gift and saving so much money at the same time!

    • Carebear77

      My favorite memory each year is helping others within our church. The parents are so grateful that we are able to help them provide for theit children. It’s also great to see hownhappy the children are when you see them after Christmas and they are excite about the gifts the recieve.

    • My favorite memory is being able to buy extra stockings and fill them with toiletry and small clothing items and that one extra item that would wow someone at the local nursing home.. we gave them to people who didn’t have family and they had 1 extra little thing in them such as a caddy that fits on walkers and more.. and my little ones loved helping me give them out… and we also donate to the local food / clothing banks here every year… we do a big drive in our community and my kids love it… and I just plain love to give… if someone tells me that they are running low on supplies, I go into my coupon pantry and just start pulling things out and putting them in bags and give them away… it helps them and while I can’t give them money, I can keep them fed. :-)

    • Dawn M Cates

      last year when my sisters who we hadnt seen for 8 years showed up as a surprise to my mom it was a wonderful christmas!

    • Joy Wettlund

      Giving a jewelry box to a girl that needed one

    • Our best giving……. We had neighbors that we knew did not have a lot of money. Mom had lost her job, and dad was not in the picture. We went to the store and bought some gifts. We wrapped them up and put them in a box. Christmas morning we put it right in front of their door, rang the door bell and ran home!! It was the greatest feeling to know you were able to bless someone, and have it a total surprise for them!!!

    • angie

      me and coworkers choosing an angel off the salvation army tree and having a wonderful feeling knowing that we helped a child have Christmas!!!

    • Jen S.

      We used to go through our toys before Christmas and gather the ones we no longer wanted/needed and then on Christmas Eve night we would deliver them to a local homeless shelter. One of my favorite parts of Christmas.

    • When I was little my mom would take my sisters and I to shop for a needy family. I remember 1 year the kids wanted to get their mom some pots and pans instead of something for themselves. We bought her a set and the kids some toys and food for Christmas. I will never forget the look on the mom’s face and how excited the kids were to see their mom with a gift! It has always stuck with me.

    • When we were kids my parents used to put together a huge meal and take it to a needy family every year. If we knew of anyone that was in a bad place and needed something at Christmastime my parents were always there. I remember taking a vacuum cleaner to a family that had just lost their husband/father. To see the generosity of my parents…who often struggled themselves…and the joy on those families faces has helped to mold me as a person.

    • Emily

      Our small group has been able to serve several families fighting cancer each Christmas by filling their cabinets, decorating their homes, and stocking under their tree as well! It feels SO good to give in that way!

    • Andrea

      The local sports talk radio host adopts families for Christmas and his listeners donate money/gifts to those families. Two years ago, the goal was to provide a mother and her three children with a rental home for a year (rent and utilities paid for the year), along with food and presents for the kids. I took my son with me to drop off our donation and explained to him what we were doing. As we got back in the car to run other errands, he said to me, “It’s good to help people mommy, who else can we help today? That’s what Jesus wants us to do at Christmas.” My son was three at the time and what he said brought me to tears. I’m tearing up as I type this. I will never forget what he said or where we were when he said that. It was one of those “defining moments” for me.

    • Every year we find 2-3 people who need a Christmas dinner. We cook. Pack up Christmas dinner in containers and hit the streets. Sometimes we know of a family that we’ll deliver to, but more often we find someone who doesn’t have a home. We always hope that the simple meal we deliver will offer them a bit of joy.

    • Stephanie

      I remember so many Christmases where the tree would be overflowing with gifts but it was because each of us three kids would give gifts to each other. Our mom would take us to a craft bazaar and we would be allowed to go with “Santa’s helper” to pick out gifts for our parents. We loved it!

    • Megan Brown

      This is the eighth year that my church does our annual “Giving Tree” – a wonderful outreach to folks in our community. There are different ways to partake in the Giving Tree, whether it’s donating food for our Christmas dinner for the homeless, adopting a family at our neighborhood elementary school, or donating food, bottles and clothing to our local women’s pregnancy center. Every year, my husband and I adopt a family at the neighborhood elementary school, and we buy gifts for the children in the family. The gifts include a shirt, a pair of pants, and a toy. These are very underprivileged families, and it’s a joy to bring them wrapped gifts for them to open on Christmas. Every year, I enjoy spending a Saturday morning shopping for these kids. This year, I have a seven year old boy who would love a super heroes toy! It’s a blessing for me to show Christ’s love to our community in this way. Hope our church does this for many more years to come!

    • Monica

      My favorite Christmas giving memory was about 3 years ago when we were able to provide over 400 baby blankets to those in need in the Appalachian Mountains.

    • Nikki T.

      We are a military family and every year we invite Soldiers who have no local family to our home for Christmas dinner. One year we decided to watch a movie and my daughters Cinderella movie was sitting under the tree all nice and brand new. Needless to say I ended up watching Cinderella with five grown men.

    • Allison Evans

      This year a few of us have decided to give people the gift of music by caroling for the elderly. We don’t have much money, but we figured we could go to nursing homes and sing for people who may not be visited during the holidays and maybe make someone’s Christmas a little brighter.I am very excited to use the gifts that God has given me to give to others. I think about the reason for the season and I hope that I can shine even just a little bit of light into someone else’s life.

    • JennHas2Ns

      My favorite memory is always donating to toys for tots. SleAys gives the warm fuzzies!

    • April Lane

      Giving gifts to my niece and nephew.

    • Julie Ke

      My favorite giving memories are when I made something specifically for my loved ones, either painting or photo collages.

    • Beth

      Last Christmas I’d been teaching this very thing to the kids at my small church. They decided to collect their own money from allowances etc so we could buy a Kroger gift card for a family at our church that needed food. This is my best Christmas memory of giving because the lady we gave the gift card to was so grateful which made the kids understand that giving is better than receiving more than any object lesson ever could.

    • Denice

      I love how Dave Ramsey has dedicated his life to helping families improve theirs. It truly is better to give than receive. If we embrace that truth, how many people would have a very Merry Christmas this year?

    • My wife and I started a tradition a few years back where we go out to eat on a day close to Christmas with our three children. Restaurants are extremely busy at this time of year and the employees work hard. When it is time to settle the bill, we always leave a tip that is equal to the total for the meal.

    • Melissa

      Every year there is a Christmas tree hanging at our local Walmart with kids and a wish list. Last year while I was buying for our kids I past by the tree and there was an angel that fell off as I walked up I picked it up read the names and the items on it. I took that angel and bought the items that were listed plus some extras. I took it as a sign that they really needed the help since the angel fell of the tree ask I walk toward it. That gave me a great feeling to be able to help that family. We will also take a name off of the tree this year.

    • ChristiL

      One Christmas my son chose a name from the angel tree at his elementary school. The one thing the young boy listed that he wanted?? A winter coat. We were able to help the child in need, but more importantly my son learned a valuable lesson on needs vs. wants.

    • Ali

      My favorite Christmas memories are of watching my kids open their presents. There hasn’t always been enough left over for my husband & I to give each other a present. But we decided to wait for our present (which is usually a nice dinner out) until after the New Year.

    • Lori

      We love packing operations christmas child boxes every year. We give to a child the same old as our own children so they can enjoy the experience as well.

    • TammyC

      There have been times when money was really tight but we all wanted to give so much! Instead of buying items from the store, I told my children to write me a “Christmas Letter.” This meant more to me than anything they could have purchased. My boys are grown men now but I will always cherish the letter.

    • rshilde

      One of my best memories of giving around the Christmas season was the one that wasn’t planned. It was the gift of understanding and sympathy. I just noticed a person that was down on there luck as I was going into the gas station. I grabbed an extra coffee and a pastry on my way out. When I presented these small items to that lady, the look was one that is hard to describe. She said to me you have no idea how much this means to me. Yes, I could only imagine. May everyone have a Merry Christmas.

    • Guest

      Two years ago we decided to give through Samaritans Purse and another organization. So we gave our family a card and told them what we had purchased in their name. We all have so much so our family loved that we gave to others that actually had real needs.

    • Michelle

      Giving gifts that I had bought for my children to another family who’s house had burnt down.

    • Carmella

      What a sweet giveaway! My favorite memory of Christmas giving was with my kiddos last year when I was able to take them coat shopping for kids in need. I made and sold “blessed” necklaces to earn the money and in two weeks time, God made a way for us to donate 12 coats! It was so great seeing them shop for others. They put so much thought into it, because they knew how special it would be for the kids that received them.

    • npharper

      Our favorite Christmas memory (since we’ve started our own family) is building Operation Christmas Child boxes with our son. He uses the Junior Kit (from Dave Ramsey) to earn money and has 3 banks for giving, saving and spending. He uses his giving money to purchase items for the boxes… and I use Southern Savers to save money and stock up on items for the boxes throughout the year.

    • becca

      After I got my first job at 15 I bought each person in my family a music box that related to what they were interested in. A book for my mother, a jewelry box for my sister (that played Cannon in D her favorite), a dragon for my brother. It was so great to give them something very personalize and knowing that I earned the money myself.

    • Heather

      My favorite memories of Christmas was always spending time with my whole family from grandparents aunts uncles cousins everyone just getting together and spending time with each other playing board games and football outside. it wasnt about gift getting or giving it was about spending time with each other.

    • I love donating food to the local food pantries.

    • Brooke

      I enjoy volunteering at homeless shelters during the holidays. I can’t wait to get my girls involved.

    • Alissa

      Every year my family gets gifts for a family in need in the community and we take them over together. My favorite was the year we took gifts to a single mom and her 4 adopted children. The looks on their faces was priceless! They were all so greatful!

    • As a family we gave the kids bus driver a $100 bill. I have never seen a more excited lady. My kids were so happy too! We were inspired by a gift that was left on our front porch anonomously. Someone left our family a Christmas outfit for our 4 kids all wrapped up in boxes. It inspired us to give back as well!

    • Jenifer Yorro

      My favorite Christmas memory was after listening to a radio station asking for food for needy families I felt burdened to call a private school my daughter had attended and ask if there was a specific food need there. The quick and enthusiastic answer brought me to tears. I listened to the secretary tell me that one of the teachers at the school had abruptly become a one income family when the husband was injured on the job several months earlier. They did not have the funds for a traditional holiday dinner. My kids and I went straight to the store and each member of our family picked out our favorite traditional foods for this family. As usual it the content feeling to give far out weighed the feeing of “getting”.

    • Noel

      We trade babysitting services with my sister in law

    • helping work at local nonprofit during Christmas

    • Krista A.

      When my grandmother and uncle passed away, I made an ornament for my mom with their pictures in it. She loves it and hangs it prominently each year.

    • brandi

      My favorite Christmas memory is that me and my mom bought some gifts for a little boy in my class, his tamily didn’t have anything. We bought clothes and some toys and left it in a huge box on his front doorstep(this was in the 70’s) When we got back to school from Christmas break, he was telling everyone how Santa had come this year and it was the first year ever!! It made my heart feel so good, I feels would say that was the best Christmas ever for me.

    • Laura

      When my children were little the Mall near us had a Giving Tree and the kids wanted to pick an angel . I let them pick one each and we bought clothing and a toy for each angel . In giving we received a gold or silver star . To this day I hang those stars om my tree and my children all grown remember them and what they mean .
      To this day my children make an effort to buy something for someone else at Christmas time . Even when times are hard you can do something ; a little something can and will go along way !

    • Lori

      My favorite memory was when our family went to a friend’s house, rang the doorbell, left some cash and ran away so they wouldnt see us. It was so much fun! Our kids were tiny and they had so much fun learning to give to others :)

    • JenP

      The best Christmas ever, is when we took all of our saved up Christmas money, and bought toys for a less fortunate family on our street, and left them on their porch Christmas morning.

    • audra

      My favorite Christmas memory…when my daughter was small, we would go shopping for our local crisis pregnancy center and wrap a big box of baby supplies for them for Christmas…it felt like giving a gift to baby Jesus…

    • Chrissy

      I love giving things that I’ve made, like painted clay pots for my mom!

    • Rachel

      I like to adopt a needy child or famly and buy Christmas gifts for them.

    • My favorite memory of giving was being able to send my hardworking parents on a vacation as their Christmas gift. It was well-deserved.

    • Pam

      I remember when I was in nursing school we raised money to donate gift bags to mentally ill people that lived in an old hotel, It was a wonderful feeling to see the smiles on their faces. Thses adults are often forgot during the holidays, So it made for a wonderful christmas present for me!

    • LTyler923

      Two years ago we decided to give through Samaritans Purse and another organization. So we gave our family a card and told them what we had purchased in their name. We all have so much so our family loved that we gave to others that actually had real needs.

    • Stacy

      Christmas has taken on a whole new meaning now that I have kids. I love giving to them and seeing their excitement more than getting.

    • Amber Daniels

      I love to give but find it very exciting when children get gifts when the families are in need! We give every year through church and our daughters pick out the items and have learned this same guving spirit!

    • Dawn Bunch

      The first Christmas that I had a child old enough to experience the magic of Christmas was the first time I really enjoyed Christmas as well in a long time!! Also every year just helping familes in need warms my hear.

    • Patricia Lehe

      When I was a little girl I wanted to give gifts to my family. I didn’t have money so my grandmother suggested I make them something. I looked in a magazine and saw these little puppets I could make, which I did. Everyone loved them and it made me happy to see them smile.

    • Lauren Williams

      My favorite memory of giving is participating in our church’s Angel Tree, and preparing shoe boxes for Operation Shoebox. These are traditions that I’m trying to continue in my adult life and one day with my future children.

    • clong

      Last year at our church we had an auction as a fund raiser. Then we took children from local families with $100 each to WalMart to shop for themselves and their family members. We are doing it again this year. It is awesome to be able to help a family in need and amazing to see that most of the kids buy “needed” items rather than “wanted” items for the most part.

    • Sasha

      It may sound silly to some, but I grew up in the deep country, and my parents always felt like giving back to nature was important, and encouraged us to do the same. We would make pinecone/peanut butter/bird seed feeders for birds, put out corn for the deer and turkeys, and make popcorn garland to put on our shrubs for the birds to eat. We always tried to give back to the animals at christmas, being that we lived in the north, and usually always had snow on the ground for Christmas.

    • buildright

      There are actually 2 Christmas memories that come to mind. The 1st one involves the church I am part of gave away over 100 bikes to children & teenagers that had never owned bike. And even though that was several years ago, those now older children still talk about it when we see them. The next was the 1st year my family invited others over for Christmas breakfast that did not have a family to join that day. Sharing love is the greatest gift.

    • My favorite memory as a kid was every Christmas morning we would all go to our church where they would serve Christmas lunch to all the homeless in the area. It filled my heart so much. Now, I want to share that same feeling with my children.

    • fink6pack

      We deliver meals on wheels and seeing the faces of those sweet people when we bring a homemade goodie – that makes a wonderful memory!

    • Marie

      We had a man living next to us who was basically a hermit in a lean-to (at least that’s how the neighbors described him). We befriended him throughout the year and at Christmas my 4 year old daughter and I made a big batch of beautiful cookies in a pretty box that we decorated and brought them over. We also invited him to Christmas dinner which we were hosting that year. I was so surprised and pleased that he came! It was the best Christmas I have ever had– celebrating the real meaning of Christmas with my kids–God’s LOVE! We have since moved, but I hope we can invite needy or lonely people into a happy place for Thanksgiving and Christmas!

    • ZJ

      About 6 years ago (when I was single), I threw a Christmas party for my friends who were unable to make it out of town to be with their families. It was a pleasure to see the joy on their faces!

    • Kim

      Hmmm… Last year having my son take our OCC shoebox was cool… He’s getting to the age of starting to understand it. And a couple of years ago, making stockings and taking them to a nursing home…

    • cindy

      Taking names off the tree at our church and buying gifts for them.

    • mkasper77

      Each yr my husband & I give a certain amount of $ to a person/family God has laid on our hearts out of his Christmas bonus that we are blessed with.

    • lfriend81

      Every year we pick children and adults off our Angel tree at Church. My daughter gets to pick the kids and My husband and I pick the adults. We shop with all the black Friday deals so we are able to give a little extra gift with whatever was asked for and the parents we give giftcards we have collected through the year whenever there has been a deal. My daughter who was just 18 months the first Christmas she could help carried the children’s gifts all by herself from the car to the tree. She is now 5 and looks forward to it as our tradition.

    • Jennifer Sharp

      Every year making a shoebox for Operation Christmas child with my only child. He gets such a kick out of buying things for someone else and writing a letter to a child that may not have any other gifts for the whole year.

    • lizzieM

      My favorite Christmas giving memory was organizing the Christmas Angel tree at my work and then delivering the very generous gifts that were collected including a turkey and a ham. It was amazing and I cried as I remembered another Christmas where our family were the the recipients of a Secret Santa. I love when life comes full circle!

    • Linda Purvis

      Each year we let our kids help pack a operation christmas child box. They love picking out the toys, books and items to put in their box. It is so fun to hear them tell others about what they gave to another child they don’t even know, to spread the love of Jesus!

    • Karlene

      We had a lego build off. This brought back memories to our adult children from their childhood.

    • I love giving to Operation Christmas child shoeboxes. As a child, I always looked forward to packing several shoeboxes with special things for a child that I never met and knowing how happy it would make their Christmas.

    • E.S.

      What a great idea! Love this book idea!

    • alcy01

      I totally surprised my boss by contacting her daughter and getting a picture of the grandkids, then making an ornament with the picture. She was so shocked and pleased!

    • Kylie

      My most cherished memories is that each year my son picks one of the items on his Christmas wishlist to give to a child in need. He fully understands that he will not get that gift yet he is very pleased and he always picks a nice gift. This year Christmas presents are going to be hard to come by for our family, but my precious son asked, “Even though we don’t have a lot of money and I know I will not be getting much can I still gift one of my presents this year?” That touched my heart big time and I am blessed to have such a loving and compassionate child.

    • squirrellyec

      We always try to give to others for the holidays, whether its giving kids money to give to the local charities that advertise outside stores or providing for families and friends through my couponing. This year I work with a suicide hotline and will give more of myself than ever in the past. I will help to give the gift of hope and help to save lives so that loved ones will be there for the holidays.

    • KristiB

      A couple years ago I had my first Toy Swap right after Black Friday. Everyone cleaned out their kids’s toy boxes and brought gently used toys and kids’ clothes. We all cleaned out PLUS got to go home with NEW stuff! I was able to more than DOUBLE the amount of gifts I could give to my kids the first year! It was a HUGE success and everyone was able to give and receive and nobody had to spend a penny! All of the leftovers from the swap I took and donate to a local children’s orphanage. They LOVED all of the toys and clothes they got!

    • A few years ago I became involved with the Angel Tree ministry at our church providing gifts for inmates’ children at Christmas. My two young daughters decided to use their own money to purchase gifts for a child around their age. It has become a tradition & I love to see that spirit of generosity in my girls.

    • Moyerdz

      One of the best Christmas’s I’ve ever had was last Christmas. My two daughters were 4 and 1 years of age. My four year old was very into the Christmas spirit by my one year old really had no clue. Christmas morning the girls ran to the tree and their “Santa gifts” were right in front unwrapped with bows on them ready to be played with. I expected my four year old to just run to her babrie bug car and drive her barbie around the floor but instead she ran to her sisters cabbage patch doll and picked it up and very excitedly gave it to her sister saying “look what Santa got you!” I was so touched that she did this. I never would have expected it. It was one of the special parent moments where what you give to your children is more than just a toy but you give them the capability to be thougthful to others even on Christmas morning!

    • Cindy Havard

      the best Christmas memories I have is going to the baptist children’s village in Jackson and picking up a girl to spend the holidays with us and including her as a part of our family. also I love to prepare shoe boxes for operation Christmas child

    • julie

      Gosh there are so many memories.. As a child it is always the first look at the tree on Christmas morning. But as an adult it is the look on the faces of my kids as they see the tree and all the pretty packages. We have also started giving “presents” to family and friends that are really donations. Like a goat or chickens through World Vision. We all have too much stuff.

    • Sabina

      I was just reading a journal entry of mine, remembering Christmas a few years ago. My sister, who was making only a few dollars and hour, saved for months and gave my parents $350, each bill in a small envelope. Everyone cried. It was really beautiful

    • Pamela

      We used to send gifts to my Aunt who was a missionary for her village.

    • Sazdona

      I grew up in a very poor single parent family with 5 sisters. We all got one Christmas present and we all got the same thing. When I was around 10 the family next door had a fire and lost all the Christmas presents. I felt so bad for the little girl I took my present over for her. She was so happy and could not believe that she got the same gift as my sisters from Santa. The gift that year was a slinky. lol

    • jkappius

      As a little girl, one of my favorite memories was our white Christmas school event. We would all bring in canned goods wrapped in white tissue paper and have a ceremony to bring all of the food onto the stage and place it under the tree. We would sing and have a little presentation about the joy of giving to others and it was great! The best part for me was at the end, seeing how each single can grew into a huge display of white like snow… it really showed me from a young age that one person really can make a difference in other’s lives, especially at Christmas! Food and shelter, those types of things we take for granted, but are hard to come by for others.

    • My favorite memory is the year when my daughter was very young and wrote a letter to Santa. In this letter she told Santa that she would give up all toys if he would get us a car that worked.

    • ladymcgatha

      I was 11 years old and had a Barbie collection that had built to over 400. In October our avoid the street neighbors had gone through tragedy and a single grieving mother had been left with three small children to raise. I was heart broken for these little girls. I was a total daddy girl and could not imagine the hurt these girls were going through. And their mother tried so hard to keep her family together. A couple days before Christmas when my parents were visiting them, I overheard their mother crying because she could not afford to pay utilities and had not managed to get anything for Christmas.

      I went straight home and began wrapping Barbie boxes. There were swimming pools and Cars and beauty salons and Barbies laying all over my bed, all over my room. My parents watched in disbelief and pride.
      Early Christmas morning I made several trips sneaking across the street and then, at around 6 AM, I banged on their door and ran back across the street. I watched and cried as all three little girls jumped up and down and their mother cried and hugged them. This was my best Christmas ever.

    • RDestiny1211

      Helping my daughter put goodie bags together for US troops in Afghanistan.

    • Giving my time, I think that would be my best memory. I enjoy being with my family but never realized that the older family memories enjoy it more than I do. Just making time to be with my family during the holidays means the most, especially now, looking back, boy what I would give to go to my grandparents during the holidays. Just to be able to sit and listen to them talk.

    • Christy Partin

      For Christmas last year, instead of getting Each other something in my family, we went as a family to get a needy family Christmas presents. Our kids really enjoyed buying for a child that otherwise wouldnt have got anything for Christmas. It made my day/Christmas and my kids , knowing that we could help the family out in there time of need!

    • Caroline Eenigenburg

      One of my favorite Christmas giving memories is actually something that has become an annual tradition in our home… 5 or 6 years ago we began the tradition of our children packing up shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. I have the best memories of my kids shopping to fill their boxes and the joy they had packing them up and writing letters to the kids who would be receiving their gifts.

    • ladymcgatha

      Across the street

    • It would have to be watching the Grandkids on Christmas morning …

    • wendy

      WLast year on Christmas eve our family went to the Salvation Army and helped get ready for their Christmas dinner and helped wrap gifts that were going to the familys that would be getting their dinners delivered.

    • lucysullivan

      My hubby and I take a vacation together to spend time together, no pressents just memories!

    • Mindy

      Every year our family chooses a kid from my sister’s school that is in need. It brings so much joy to me knowing that at least one more kid out there is able to have a Christmas :)

    • Ginget

      My parents, husband and I went out shopping on Christmas Eve and handed out gold dollar coins to unsuspecting shoppers. Made their day!

    • Buying gifts for a family in need.

    • Cyndimac410

      I just said to my husband that the #1 lesson I want to teach my children is gratitude and to be thankful for what they have. I would love to win this giveaway! My favorite memory was when I surprised my sister and showed up to visit her for Christmas. She was shocked and the joy it brought me to surprise her was priceless!

    • Angie A

      We have recently been doing Operation Christmas child boxes. It is great to see my daughter so excited about picking things out to give other children. We also regulary donate food at Christmas time to a local children’s home.

    • I am a BIG Operation Christmas Child fan. I love taking my children to buy the things for their shoe boxes. Throughout the year its so heartwarming to see my kids wanting to purchase things for their boxes rather than for themselves.

    • cindy m.

      My favorite memory of giving rather than receiving was taking my twins to the retirement home in town and helping bake their Christmas dinner. The kids got so much out of it, and it instilled the give back arttitude in them. It was an awesome day and experience, and one that we continue to this day!

    • Jenigirl

      We were able to donate toys last minute to the Salvation Army one year after it had been broken into and left empty just days before Christmas. We had four small children at home that we could have focused on considering we were not very well off but it made is so happy to be able to help those who had a true need. Hopefully we can all remember those who need help from others and do our part :)

    • Rachel

      My love this year seeing my young boys saving to buy for others. I cannot wait for them to spend their money and give to others!

    • kstrick06

      Last year, my Husband and I were able to buy Christmas presents for a family in need and it was an awesome experience.

    • ajawee83

      Being secret santas for a family in need

    • Best time ever. Well one year we adopted a family. I Mom was living with the in laws and had three little ones. I took my girls shopping with me that year to do this to show them the importance of helping others who need it. We got the kids all kinds of stuff from toys to clothes to school things. Hubby went out and got a full dinner for them even. This Mom was so excited when I showed up with everything wrapped up in the back of the truck. Not only did we make a family happy I taught my girls the value of helping others.

    • sallycat04

      packing operation chirstmas child boxes with my daughter and teaching her how these boxes will impact children all over the world

    • dtcox

      jenny last year our familys had it tight 10 of us . we had meatloaf noodles veg cakes and dips . with your help i had all in freezer and pantry all i had to buy was eggs all 10 got a wrapped up free item from cvs and they loved it even more ….. we had more fun last year … and nobody felt bad because the tags said from santa

    • Giving to the angel tree every year is my favorite christmas giving!

    • jenjav

      letting my kids pick ‘angels’ from the angel tree at church to buy a gift for a needy child

    • TwoHappyKids

      For nine years in a row, until they were no longer able to travel, I had the privilege of driving my elderly grandparents from Tampa up to Atlanta and back so that they could be a part of our family Christmases there. I live in far north FL, so it was not an easy, convenient (or cheap!) thing to make that very long trek, sometimes with a newborn baby in tow, but to have our family together was so very worth it so that all the children in the family could have time with their great-grandparents, and my mom with her parents. As an adult, that was my favorite part of Christmas! I was so blessed way beyond anything that it cost me! I had all of that time with two very important and special people, all to myself, while we were on the I-75 “parking lot”, as Gramma always said! We ate a lot of chocolate chip cookies, and we listened to a whole lot of Lawrence Welk Christmas music on the way! Grampa repeated many, many stories of his time in WWII – each of which is ingrained into my memory now. Two years ago, after the long Christmas trip was no longer possible due to their health, we moved them permanently up to Atlanta to be near my parents, so we were able to see them every time we visited up there! My Grampa passed away six months ago today, so I am very thankful for the memory of those Christmas trips with him and my grandmother – and I only wish I could still be taking them today! :’o)

    • Mindy

      I always love the years of making cookies and giving away gifts to those who really need it whether a childrens home, a church family, or even just others in personal family that needed something more than we did.

    • L. Thanos

      Our church adopts families from a local school in need. We can the pleasure o delivering to the familie as well. It was amazing the year we got to deliver to the family an see how excited they were to have gifts that year.

    • Kim Monde

      Last year we were on a very small budget for Christmas, but we managed to help another family with Christmas presents for their children. It us it was a blessing to help others

    • karibeth8

      My husband and I started a non profit last year to help families in need at Christmas. We spend $400 per family. Last year, we helped 5 families in need and this year we will be able to help 7 families. It’s a lot of hard work, but it is absolutely the best thing I have ever done. It makes my heart smile just thinking about it!

    • Kim M

      Love it when my family “Adopts” an Angel Tree child and buys special items for that child to give them a special Christmas!

    • sue

      Being able to donate even you might have anything. It make us feel great.

    • Carrie

      When my children were 4 and 5 to reinforce the spirit of giving we asked them to donate to a charity. We gave them a couple of options and they asked to go to the local soup kitchen. Before we left they each pulled $5 out of their piggy banks. At the soup kitchen we talked to the director and he spoke to the children about what they do and how they help people. Each child gave him $5 and told him they wanted to help other people. My husband explained the money had been earned by them. The man was so moved, he had tears in his eyes. He took the money and gave them each a receipt.

    • Calista Coffey

      Every year, I put toy and food donations in the donation boxes at the front of Publix and Toys R Us. I try to donate at least one item every time I shop at these stores during November and December.

    • AP

      A few years ago, while having Christmas dinner at my husband’s restaurant (it was still a pot-luck, but we needed the space for our big family), a fire engine pulled in the parking lot thinking the restaurant was open. When they realized the doors were locked, we met them outside to see if they needed anything. Turns out they were looking for an open place to eat b/c they had not organized anything at the station. We welcomed them in to join our feast, and the little kids enjoyed spending time with them & exploring the fire truck. We told them they could join us anytime!!

    • Jana

      I love Southern savers and Dave Ramsey so the combination of the two is just wonderful. I enjoy giving so at christmas so much more than what I actually get to open myself. I have done the shoe box thing and I have gotten together clothes over the past year for a family in our church in need and they don’t know that it was me that gave them stuff and it is such a joy to wearing new clothes to church and to know that I had a small part in that. I think my favorite chrismas memory so far is the first year that my oldest son was able to communicate at Christmas and watching his face light up at each present and saying “thank you mommy and dada. It was a great feeling!!!

    • My favorite Christmas memory was one year when my family and another were very down on our luck, and had all moved in temporarily with my mother. One of the children was in preschool that year, and made and wrapped drawings for everyone. We all oohed and aahed over her artwork. Her dad opened his last and it was a piece of blue construction paper with nothing on it. She was so proud of herself, and felt it was the best thing she could have gotten him. It now hangs on their wall year round.

    • My favorite Christmas memory of giving instead of receiving just happened yesterday. My husband preaches at a local nursing home once a week. There is a little lady there that loves to wear hats, Ms. Nellie. Last night my 12 year old daughter and I were shopping, she brought a hat to me and asked if we could buy it for Ms. Nellie for Christmas. Of course, I said yes!

    • CB

      Helping to feed the homeless on Christmas Day.

    • My favorite Christmas memory of giving rather than receiving.. I think it would be last year…. The Arc of Wake County was short on gifts for their adults with disabilities program. The call went out via email and facebook for help. Otherwise there would be some very unhappy people on Christmas morning. I enjoyed raising the funds from my co-workers and then going shopping.. When I dropped off the gifts and the left over money to the Arc they were so happy. It brought back childhood memories celebrating Christmas with my Aunt who is developmentally delayed. She is in MA and I’m in NC now so I don’t get to see her that often any more.

    • Nancy

      In 2002 I participated in Impact Trainings in Utah. During “abundance” weekend, each group had only FOUR HOURS to put together and deliver a complete Thanksgiving dinner, without spending any personal money. We went door to door to ask for items or money in a “well off” neighborhood, only to be rebuffed too much for our time. So we went to a “blue collar” neighborhood and were overwhelmed by their generosity!! Everyone contributed, even if it was only a stick of butter! Then we drove to an area, looking for a special family to give the meal to. We drove up and down a few streets; everyone felt that we should stop at this one home. We delivered the dinner to ONE surprised family who had fallen on hard times and were facing doing without a turkey and desserts. We were just as surprised and, just as happy and excited as they were!! Mission accomplished!!

    • I went caroling with girls from High School years ago. All of the money we raised, we donated all of the money we made to the Humane Society. Everyone was so happy to see us and to give. It was a night I will never forget.

    • Mia

      My husband heard of a young single mom with one request-a Christmas tree with lights for her two year old son to see. Moved by this simple request, my husband purchased a pre lit tree and decorations. He took two of our children to deliver it to her apartment. He was met at the door by the tearful young woman and her gleeful son. I am so thankful for this opportunity we had that Christmas to show our children what a blessing it is to give and serve others.

    • Shiloh

      We do an angel tree at our church each year! I love taking my little boy with me to do the shopping so he knows that are helping others that are less fortunate than we are. I want to make sure my little one knows that it is better to give than to receive. (He is seven though so we are still working on that concept! ha!)

    • smtrueunc

      I recall serving at a soup kitchen in high school on Christmas morning and it impacted me at that age. It was the first time I experienced how much more important it is to give rather than receive.

    • Kim

      Carolling through the hospital on Christmas Eve.

    • Lora

      Having my kids fill boxes to go to kids in Mexico and them being so excited getting toys for other kids.

    • Leah Brislin

      We try to spend a few days in a cabin every Christmas. Last year, we took that money and gave it to a family in need as a way to pay it forward after having others give to us while my husband was out of work due to an accident.

    • Jess

      My favorite Christmas memory of giving was 2 years ago when our entire family on my husbands side got together and went to on a trip with my mother-in-law, it was her last Christmas with us but it was the best Christmas I can remember.

    • lacey r

      Going to Nursing homes/retirement centers and singing and playing our instruments. Also packing Shoe Boxes for Operation Christmas Child =)

    • A.Floyd

      Last year my family gave toys to a family that was in need in our community. Also, we sent Christmas Boxes to children in Mexico that would not receive anything for Christmas. It is a time for giving.

    • Guest

      Our family adopted a family for Christmas and purchased gifts for all. It taught our kids that giving is better than receiving. They realized that some people were not as fortunate as themselves. We have carried on the tradition every year of giving to others less fortunate.

    • hbannister

      Giving time to loved ones and family members. Time with family is worth more than any gift to me.

    • A

      When I was 12 ans I was able to participate in my dad’s Jaycee’s Christmas Charity event. We took small children in need around Kmart to purchase items for them for Christmas. I’llnever forget the little boy I helped wanted to but for his mom and sister first, and we had to remind him he needed clothes and things for himself, too! He was a great reminder, even when you have nothing you can still give with a pure heart!

    • Patty Crisp

      Teaching my children to sew and make home made gifts for one another is one of my favorite Christmas memories. My son made sleeping bags for his sister’s Barbies and my daughter “attempted” to make a pair of camo PJ pants for her brother; he actually wore them! It’s the making and doing —-the precious gift of time and thoughtfulness that are priceless!

    • clandau

      I think it’s important to teach children that Christmas is the season of giving, not getting. God gave us the perfect gift by sending his son, Jesus, & that’s why we celebrate Christmas! I take our 3 children to the store each year & have them pick out toys & clothes for someone their age. Then we take them to a local ministry/outreach program. It’s great to see the joy & excitement in my kids when they’re shopping for someone else!

    • chellerey

      our best christmas memory was we found family who had no money for groceries to make a meal for the holidays so we drove around and knocked on the door and left a basket of entire meals of turkey mashed potatoes the works and just a simple note saying god bless from your local church family it was a blessing to do and you got to see peoples faces without embarressing them.to me thats the love of christ bringing families around the table

    • MagzieM

      We wanted to purchase an animal for a family through Heifer International, and so last year we bought a water buffalo. Every time I think about it, I’m reminded of the Veggie Tales song ‘Everybody’s got a water buffalo’

    • Taylor Rhyne

      My best Christmas memory of giving is when I helped my mother collect toys and the fixings for Christmas dinner for a family in need. I was probably 10 at the time and thought it was so neat to be helping a family that wasn’t as fortunate as my family. I can only hope to do the same with my son!

    • Growing up in a small town in Maine. My parents owned a grocery store, we where the only store for miles around and the only one open Christmas. At the time I didn’t understand why we had to work, refelecting I remember seeing peoples faces when they came in to get something they forgot whether it was a food item or batteries for a toy it made their day.

    • kbogle

      Having kids that want to look for gifts for others then looking for things they want every time we go in a store and then watching them wrap and give the gifts is wonderful, especially when it’s not a “gift giving time” just a time when they were thinking of someone.

    • Kristen

      Each December my kids and I do a “random act of Kindness” everyday until Christmas day. Some of our favorites have been paying for the person behind us in the drive thru line, or making good bags to hand out to the homeless. So awesome to see my kids get excited about giving rather than just getting!

    • lucysullivan

      My sisters and I bring our families and go carolling or try to volunteer at Toys for Tots or the Salvation Army to give back during this special time of year.

    • kellilou3

      One year I wrapped up personal hygiene items and snacks inside a towel with the below poem and left them at certain spots around town where homeless folks frequent. I never got to see anyone finding them, but it always makes me smile to imagine their surprise! Here’s a link to the poem: http://www.barbados.org/poetry/masters.htm.

    • Erin

      I love the giving involved with Operation Christmas child. This year our churches goal was 1000 boxes and I am happy to say I had so much fun putting together ten boxes full of toys, school supplies, toiletries and other goodies!!

    • Amber I

      My favorite Christmas memories of giving are every year our church youth group packed shoe boxes for Operation Christmas child and we always pick a child from the angel tree to give to.

    • buying up name brand items with coupons through out the year and then boxing that stuff up and giving it away to people that could not afford it

    • sbmccoy80

      The best Christmas memory I have of giving is when I was younger, I was real involved with the youth group at my church and we always did things for the less fortunate. One year in particular when I was 14, the church raised money and we were each allotted a certain amount to spend on an individual from one of the families. It was really fun to find good deals to make those dollars go further. We were able to also put a lot of thought into it and buy things that they would not only need but also items that they wanted.

    • Marie

      Picking a child from the Angel tree at work to buy for.

    • Denice

      When we lived in NJ we use to adopt a family and give them Christmas. It was very rewarding and a great learning experience for the kids to be able to give Christmas to a family instead of thinking it’s all about getting for Christmas.

    • Thomas

      When our church started participating in the Christmas shoebox program.

    • Kayla

      My favorite holiday giveaway was when I bought my boyfriend an xbox360! He was so surprised and had no idea!

    • Sarah P

      My dad organized a group of people (all of us just getting by) to donate gifts and food for a family who’s dad had just lost his job and provided them with a great christmas morning! It made a big impression on me as a young kid.

    • Jessica

      My favorite Christmas memory is when I was on a holiday committee that sponsored families for Christmas. We raised enough money to supply each family member with new clothes and toys for the children. It was an amazing feeling to fill up three shopping carts and spend hours wrapping the presents to know that people that were very deserving were going to have a happy holiday season.

    • Amie

      My favorite memory of giving is still a secret! One year when I was in high school a very dear friend of mine’s father passed away. Christmas Eve my mom drove me over to her house after midnight service and I very quietly put a Wrapped Hallmark Ornament that was for a loved one no longer with us on her doorstep with a card that I didn’t sign. 20 years later, every Christmas she gets out that small gift to hang on the tree and says it’s one of her favorite things to do every year she just wished she knew who gave it to her!!!!

    • Marty B

      I loved the year my girl scout troup picked a family to take Christmas too. Seeing the smiles on the kids faces were the best.

    • Last year, I explained to my two-year old that there are some children who don’t have very many toys. She immediately went to her closet and started collecting items she wanted to give to others. Even some of her favorite books and animals went in the donate bag without a second thought. I love her generous little heart!

    • LaShawn

      One of my favorite memories, was a few years ago when we purchased a meal for our older neighbors. One of them took ill and ended up in the hospital at Christmas time. His wife could not get him to eat anything, until she told him that my 2 year old son bought the food for him and wanted him to eat it. He finally ate the food and came home the day after christmas. They are now like my kids adopted grandparents and we continue to buy them something each Christmas.

    • jackie hagerman

      The best Christmas’ I remember are: when I was a teenager I found HUGE stockings for my papa and grandmother…. I would search all year long for items to put in the stockings and would wrap each item up…then on Christmas Eve I’d go to their house and they’d take turns opening the items…it took a while but, they seemed to love it and it made me so happy to see them excited! They are both deceased now and i miss all the good times!

    • Bethany

      My favorite ‘giving’ memory is giving to Toys for Tots. We let the kids take their “give” portion of their allowance into a store and buy a toy and as soon as we leave the store, the kids put the toy into the ‘Toys for Tots’ bins. It is a great lesson to learn for the little ones.

    • Several years ago we got the kids involved in doing a room makeover for a girls home. We supplied everthing from carpeting to bedding. We went a little further and provided things teenage girls like. I think my kids saw how fortunate they really were. No grumbling from them that Christmas! Teri

    • Lynette Nobles

      Every year we make Samaritan’s Purse boxes according to the ages of our children. It is SUCH a blessing to give!

    • Olivia

      My 4 year old was cleaning his room looking for money. He was looking under couch cushions, too. I asked what he was going to use his money for. He said he wants to give the money to the guy at the store. After asking him what he meant, he explained, over about 2 minutes, you know mom, the guy who gives food, toys and clothes to people who don’t have any.
      I realized he meant the bell ringer for the Salvation Army

    • I love making Photo Books or Photo Calendars for family and seeing the joy on their face as they look through a year of memories.

    • Jenn

      favorite Christmas memory was inviting a young lady who had no family to spend Christmas with into our family and traditions. We took her to her first ever Christmas Candlelight Service and she was so moved that so many in our extended family welcomed her and gave her gifts as well.

    • Summer

      My favorite christmas memory was when my parents loaded up our entire thanksgiving dinner and took it to a family whose father was out of work. My mom stayed up and Cooked us another dinner.

    • Stephan

      We love to giveaway gently used clothes and toys at Christmas time to people that we know will need it but we do it as a surprise to the family on the front porch!

    • Rachel S

      My favorite giving moment was a few years ago, but the memory still puts a smile on my face. Off and on for a year I worked on detailed cross-stitch sampler for my mom. She loves anything made by her kids and when she opened the gift her face was priceless. It was such a blessing to see she was touched by the thought and effort put into making her gift instead of buying it from a store.

    • Vicki

      Going to West Virginia on a Christmas mission trip to take gifts & food to people who would have gotten nothing. Seeing how appreciative they were with just simple Christmas gifts. We have so much to be thankful for but take it for granted.

    • My favorite memory was just last christmas. A friend of my mothers family was in desperate need for everything. after a few phone calls me and my elves were able to provide a week of groceries as well as gifts for the 3 family members. the food was stockpiled from coupons, and we provided them with the basic essentials for the week toothpaste, deoderant, laundry soap etc. the recipients were stunned at what a miracle that was delivered right in time for the holidays, and for me and my elves, it put the true meaning back into christmas.

    • Ashley

      My favorite Christmas memory is playing games with my family every year. I love the family time!!

    • crazy4daboyz

      I remember when we were younger, we always would have a hayride with out church and went around different neighborhoods singing Christmas carols. We would always stop at a little nursing home in route and sing to the senior citizens, they always loved it when we stopped to visit with them. Such great memories, Christmas carols, hot chocolate and lots of friends

    • Diana Million

      The best Christmas ever was when my dad bought a lot of toys and we put baskets together and gave them away to our little neighbors in Mexico!

    • ann marie

      We cooked dinner for about 100 homeless men and were able to get them some clothes which we were able to share. It makes you feel GOOD!!!

    • Candice

      Best Christmas memories of giving are making Operation Shoeboxes with my children and explaining them to them:)

    • My favortie Christams memory is when we lived in Costa Rica and gathered over 800 gifts to give to the poor kids in a very poor neighborhood. We all looked like Santa as we carried giant bags full of gifts!!! The smiles on the kids faces were huge!!! My husband and I didn’t exchange gifts that year and it was one of the best Christmases I have ever had!!! It’s better to give than to receive!!!

    • liv4myboyz

      One of my favortie Christmas memories from when I was growing up is caroling. Every year I would go Christmas caroling with my church around town and to the nursing homes and afterwards would come home to arts and crafts time with my mom. Every year she would have “sand art brownies” ready and waiting for us to make for her work. It was so much fun making these fun crafts for gifts and so GREAT family time!!!

    • joshesep@gmail.com

      I would love it if we could win this and share it with our whole family. We are now grandparents and we can bless generations with it! Thanks for this chance.

    • My husband and I became the owner’s of my in-law’s hand-me-down bedroom furniture. One day while cleaning out a drawer I found an old note to my mother-in-law from a very dear friend of hers that had recently passed away from cancer. The note thanked my MIL for inviting her to church numerous times, because of her loving outreach this friend came to a relationship with Christ that changed her life and the life of her family. Christmas was around the corner so I returned this token of thanks to my MIL at Christmas and thanked her for not only being the light to a darkened world, but to our family as well. I was honestly the receiver of a blessing that day.

    • aliciasc

      We had a young man in our church whose mother was a drug addict who barely had enough food in the house and definitely didn’t have anything for a Christmas celebration. My sister, dad, mom, husband and I bought clothes and food for this guy and on Christmas morning we delivered it to him. I’ll never forget that it was cold and rainy, but it was amazing to see his face light up when he realized that there would be gifts to open Christmas morning.

    • jannab

      we were raised very poor and never had much for Christmas but we were always happy

    • Candace

      As a chid my family used to go feed the homeless at the shelter.

    • Kim C

      We left some clothes and toys for a family in need on their front porch. It was such a joy knowing that you were buying for someone who really needed it. Merry Christmas!

    • wendy n.

      For the past 2 years, we have purchased toys for a couple of inner city kids who may not have gotten to celebrate Christmas otherwise & share the love of Christ through giving :)

    • Bernie

      Our Sunday School class “adopts” a single mom and her kids to buy Christmas gifts for. It is such a blessing to see how people give, and then to see the reaction of the kids and moms when they receive a pile of gifts.

    • Amanda Delph

      My favorite Christmas memory is at church listening to the song “Your Here” by Francesca Batistelli (spelling?). My kids were toddlers and I could easily imagine how Mary must have felt to hold her creator in her arms. Thank goodness God did not leave us on our own! He’s here!

    • Pam

      Every year my daughters Girl Scout Troop would make cookies & candies and take them to the local Nursing Home. We would go room to room sharing the goodies and singing Christmas Carols. It was wonderful to see the smiles on all the elderly peoples faces!

    • Jennifer

      I love doing shoe boxes though my church to send to children overseas. This year, the church we are attending decided to sponsor children right here in our home state at one of the local orphanages. I thought this was a fantastic idea of giving back to our community. Our box was for a 15 year old girl. The church is going to take a group down to meet the orphans. Wish I could go, but can’t.

    • Kristina Marie Kaiser-Cheatham

      Last week a great friend’s of mine learned that their teenage son, whom is also my son’s best friend has a rare cancerous tumor. I reached out to a local grocery store and they are going to donate a prepared Christmas dinner. I am also in the process of putting together a fundraiser that will help offset some of the unexpected expensed they are going to be incurring over the months to come. He has a lot of Dr.’s appts & tests that will be run over the next few week leading up to his surgery to remove the tumor in early December. It is a bittersweet situation. Sad that this is happening to them and thankful that I am able to give my time and support to them and their family

    • Summer Chesshir

      We filled shoe boxes of gifts to mail to needy children in poor countries.

    • Holly

      I had a client who, at the time, was a single mom of a 4 yr old boy. Due to her circumstances, she could not buy any presents nor even decorate with one decoration. One day while she was at work and her boy was at day care (I believe at her cousins house) I asked if I could help out by going by her home and doing a little straightening. She was not thrilled but I convinced her.

      The day I went to her home, I bought a very small table tree, decorated it and bought presents to put underneath. I had extra wreaths so I hung one on her door and on her son’s door. I put out a few other festive things for them to enjoy and made a holiday meal for them to enjoy.

      She called me when she got home and while she was talking, she was sincerely crying. I could hear her son in the background saying “Santa came mommy! AND HE CAME EARLY ESPECIALLY FOR MEEEEEEEEEEEE” Mommy look, look look. She could barely speak and I told her she did not even have to talk because I could hear her son.

      She still calls me every holiday season to thank me for the gift of the smile in her son’s heart that year. I have never forgotten and neither has she.
      Schew, I am a bit choked up now :/.
      Thanks for asking about our stories.

    • Jordyn

      I went years without giving a Christmas or birthday gift to my sister, at least not until weeks after the holiday. But last year, I actually considered what she would want, and ordered her a t-shirt with a saying from her favorite tv show. She loved it!

    • DiannaY

      a couple of years ago our Sunday School Class (middle adult age) put together fruit baskets and took them to the elderly and sick in the church one cold night, we sang Christmas Carols and visited with them, then we all met up at a nice warm place and had a good meal and fellowship

    • KimberlyK

      I enjoy letting my four year old pick a name off the angel tree and buy for a little girl her age.

    • Cara Shields

      When I was a kid we spent one Christmas serving meals and giving out gifts at a shelter. I honestly don’t remember anything else about that year (like if we got gifts) but I remember seeing all the smiling faces

    • Kelly H

      Last year all the gifts for my nieces and nephews were handmade. We also gave gifts to my sister-in-law’s foster children and their agency. I also like to give “experiences” rather than “things” when I can — the memories last longer.

    • lowes

      My 3 yr olds birthday is also in December so instead of all the toys for her birthday and Christmas combined which was a lot..my hubby and I decided to ask family and friends to purchase animal supplies instead of b-day gifts, we took all of the things we collected and donated to a local no kill shelter and the sweet little puppies and kitties too couldn’t have been happier to receive a new toy for Christmas too!They may not have gotten a new home for Christmas but they loved their new toy!..And yes my daughter still got a few toys for her birthday, so all was happy!..I also love doing Operation Christmas Child!..Happy Holidays to all!

    • Christmas of 2011. My 45 year old sister in law passed away on Dec. 20th. It was devastating to say the least but, it was my baby brother who I was concerned about and I knew I had to try and ease his pain. He is a big Steelers fan and so after the funeral I drove 2 hours roundtrip to go find him a steelers jersey for Christmas. The look on his face was worth a million dollars to me. Hope this Christmas will be just a little easier.

    • Every year (for the last 3 years) we & our 4 kids have done the shoeboxes for OCC. This year, our church is doing a Prescence in Haiti box…the same idea, just for our mission there. Those kids have never had a Christmas. My boys, 11 & 10, have decided to give their “stuff” away to them. They are blessed to have grandparents who give to them, so they’re learning to pass that excited feeling of receiving on! They’ve also decided they want to save their money for a trip to our Haiti mission instead of saving it for an iPad now. My 6 y.o. daughter has been drawing pictures & writing letters to our “Christmas kids” for a week!

    • zsweet7

      My best giving memory comes from my son’s Secret Santa at school. When we went shopping, he told me he needed to buy 2 gifts: one for a boy and one for a girl. I thought it was only one, but I ended up buying 2 anyway. When he delivered them the next day, his teacher pulled me aside and thanked me for bringing an “extra” gift. A little girl wasn’t able to buy a gift and instead of being left out, she got the extra one we bought. It was a wonderful, heartwarming feeling!

    • Crystal

      Our family sponsors a child in Haiti through compassion international. The year the earthquake was devastating we didn’t know for months weather or not our sponsored child and his family were alive. Once we finally received word that they were safe, we felt blessed to have a connection there and be able to give financially to the family.

    • tnt82994

      My favorite memory of someone giving rather receiving, was a couple of years ago when my son was born premature just before Thanksgiving. My husband and I had always spoiled rotten at Christmas, because we had no children of our own. While our baby was in the hospital, I got the sweetest message from 2 of our older nieces, saying that they didn’t need anything for Christmas. All that they wanted was for the baby to home with us for Christmas. The sweetness of that memory still brings tears to my eyes. The girls were 10 and 12 at the time.

    • pollard1184

      I am excited that this year we are starting a new tradition in my house. We are going to be giving 3 full boxes to Operation Christmas Child.

    • Lisa Marie Gotkiewicz O’Neal

      I am a teacher and when we were financially able, I chose a child in my class to be a secret Santa too (Well, the parents knew, but not the child). Seeing the relief and joy on a parent’s face when they got the clothing and toys was priceless. Passing on the love Christ gave to me is awesome!

    • bory

      My favorite christmas memory is i been inspire to help others so i started donating toys to toys and tots this year.

    • sarajworley

      My mother’s father died when she was very young of a heart attack. The only images they had of him were all on slides, and they had been packed away for years. One day, I stumbled upon them, and took them to a photo shop. I had them transfer all of the images of her daddy to photographs, placed them all in a photo book and presented it to her on Christmas morning. It still makes me cry, just to think of it, because I know it was so meaningful to her, to be able to see pictures of her beloved father, and it was so meaningful to me, to be able to play a part in that for her. Giving is definitely better than receiving!

    • Shana Beckett

      my favorite experience of giving the shoe box christmas boxes, shopping at the dollar store when i was a kid was the best feeling :)

    • Emily

      The transition into adulthood can be difficult for many, especially when you get to that age and you don’t receive gifts as much anymore. Honestly, as children we are more adapted to receiving than giving. Even when I became a mother for the first time, I still wondered what “Santa” might leave me under the tree. However, when my daughter was old enough to open her presents for the first time (about 1), it truly pulled on my heart strings. Now, every year, I am overjoyed with excitement to see her reactions on Christmas morning. We also have a special day that we make gifts for other family members and donate older toys to those who might want them. I enjoy teaching her that giving is so much more rewarding than receiving, because in the end, nothing compares to the gift of giving.

    • gigimebe2

      Some of my best memories of giving was when my sister and I were Girl Scout leaders. Each year we adopted a child or family and bought gifts for them. We also loved caroling through the neighborhood with the girls and seeing the joy in the eyes of the people we’d meet. We were not great singers, but it didn’t matter!

    • Kellycox1118

      When I was a child, my cousins were less fortunate than my brothers and I. My mom always did stockings for us. One year, she asked us what we thought about giving up our stockings and using the money to put together stocking gifts for our cousins instead. My brothers and I loved the idea! What a special time to be able to bless others. We had a blast getting to shop for them and make it special. My mom taught us a beautiful lesson that Christmas and it’s stayed with me. :)

    • Ahelle

      Our family does the Angel Tree Ministry with our Church. We buy gifts for children whose parents are in prison, and this is how those children receive gifts from their parents on Christmas.
      We also give to the Salvation Army bucket that is in front of our grocery store. My daughter is 5 and this has been a great way to teach her about giving. She gets so excited to go put money in the bucket each time we go!

    • Heather

      When I was in high school, our youth group joined collected gifts for needy families in our county. We collected money and gifts, shopped for things that were specifically on each child’s list, wrapped the gifts and delivered them to the parents in person. I was so moved by the thankful hearts of those who received our gifts that I wanted to do even more. We found out that one of the families was in need of food, so my mother went directly to the grocery store and bought all the food they would need for a wonderful Christmas feast and then some. This experience awakened in me a desire to help others year round.

    • Cristina

      My best memory is meeting another mom in our Church parking lot and loading her car full of clothes, coats, toys, books and food for her family. She and her husband were having a difficult year and had four children. My family and I shopped and got donations for them and it was the best feeling to hand it all over to her so she would have something to give her children.

    • coryg

      When I was little, my dad and I would wrap up lots of little toys/gifts and drive by, leave them at our friend’s houses (all of whom had multuple children) ring the door, and drive off before they could see us. SO MUCH FUN !!!!

    • Tracey

      You know I have watched movies and shows even read books where they have went and served food at a homeless shelter. well decided to do that b/c I wad pressured into it. nothing melts your heart little kids thanking you for food. then the mom saying she wasn’t going to ne able to feed them tonight if it wasn’t for the shelter. needless to say they came and ate dinner with my family. best thanksgiving EVER!!

    • ramappaloosa

      My favorite Christmas memory was when my daughter returned home from being stationed overseas. She is back there again, but now engaged to be married. I am hoping this year will be even more joyful welcoming a new son into the family.

    • Myrna

      I gave my dad money to help pay for dentures because he did not have insurance.

    • kardomr

      my hs students created giving trees– trees in local businesses with tags to collect presents for kids who lived at the salvation army shelter. they had to coordinate the tree set up, maintain it, and then deliver the presents. (they collected over 60 presents.) the same year, we arranged for the post office to deliver all the letters to santa. students read and wrote a personal response to every one. (over 300.) they also evaluated each one for need. the ones they determined showed the greatest need (asking for keys?, slippers, underwear) were set aside. they decided what to buy (i sponsored the gifts) and, on christmas morning, i delivered the presents and then ran! so much fun. one student (who wasn’t a great student but was a nice guy) said, “you finally got a unit right, miss.” :)

    • Mindi

      I’ve enjoyed adopting an angel family at christmas and providing for the children’s wish list

    • sweet mel

      Helping with abused and neglected kids and making sure they got a good Christmas along w/ my coworkers. A lot of us were crying watching those kids open their gifts. I never forgot that.

    • sharonfbailey

      My favorite memory of giving is one year when I took a little boy from a local childrens home to our house for Christmas. We overloaded him with gifts which he then got to take back to the childrens home where he lived. The tears in his eyes said it all and I have to say that was one of the best Christmas’ I ever had.

    • A.K.

      The best Christmas memory was getting a group of people together to “make Christmas happen” for a needy family. Then later seeing the joy on this family’s faces.

    • Jessica

      I love giving to a family in need, and seeing how it truly blessed them.

    • Ruth

      My favorite memory in giving was watching my children select a name then purchase gifts for the child they picked for Prison Fellowship’s Angel Tree. Later, it was fun to see them find the biggest shoe box they could to stuff with items for Operation Christmas Child.

    • connieb03

      Angel tree gifts!

    • RuthieS

      We have a local women & children’s shelter that we had the privilege of “adopting” a mom and her children for Christmas last year. It was so sweet to be able to deliver the presents to them knowing they would have fun items to open. Each present we put scripture on to remind them of why we love to give and what the best gift of all is – Our Savior!

    • AmandaM

      It wasn’t something I personally gave, but a few years ago my grandparents decided rather than give gifts to all of the family, they would sponsor the building of a church that was built in Africa. What a testament to the true meaning of Christmas, and what a legacy of caring for others they have given to my family for our whole lives. I love Christmas for this reason.

    • Last year I was selling some of the toys my daughter no longer played with. I had one lady who couldn’t pay me for the items she wanted for her girls. We got to talking and I found out they had lost their entire house in the tornadoes that came through during the spring. I shipped her those items free of charge b/c I wanted her kids to have them. My daughter and I talked about what I did so she wanted to send them more stuff. My daughter sent her only and favorite lalaloopsy doll, more toys, clothes, and a brand new pair of twinkles toes shoes! I have to say I was very proud of her for being so selfless at 4 years old. We are now trying to carry on this new tradition of giving to someone who may not get anything for Christmas. We are also starting a new tradition of getting only 3 things from Santa. Some may wonder how I am able to do this. I asked my daughter how many gifts did Jesus get when he was born? She knows he only got 3 :)

    • Kristi

      When we repaired a clock for my mom that had been broken forever that our late Dad gave to her.

    • nitbeach

      I love the Christmas season, the planning, the giving, the physical expression of love to those in our lives!

    • Last year there was a family in our neighborhood that had been struggling all year with her husbands employment and they were not able to provide Christmas to their 2 kids. My husband and I went out and bought each of their children 5 gifts a piece. It wasn’t much but I was happy that they would be able to wake up Christmas morning to presents under the tree. It was a very emotional feeling.

    • momoftwomiracleboys

      Taking my son to shop for Angel Tree gifts:)

    • Alexandra

      One of my most favorite giving memories about Christmas is from high school (12 years ago). On Thanksgiving day a family of 6 were on there way to spend Thanksgiving with their extended family, when a drunk driver hit their van and took the fathers life. One of the children went to our high school and we raised money and got ton’s of families to donate toys, clothes, even food etc., so that the children would have a great Christmas after going through something so tragic. Thank you for letting me share this memory.. I also have to say my husband and I are doing Dave Ramsey’s money makeover, on baby step #2! I wanted to figure out a way to save even more money for my family since I can not work a part time job or do over time at work, so thats when I found the Southern Savers website!!! (Referred to me on a FB post :-) Couponing gives me the benefits of a part time job and it takes very little time to do it so that I can still spend quality time with my toddler. Thank you Southern Savers!!!!!!!

    • Almost every year our family adopts another family who wouldn’t otherwise have a special Christmas. I love it!

    • Tina

      I volunteered to coordinate the Christmas wish lists for all the foster children in my agency’s care (former employer). It was a job! So many needs, toys, and people to coordinate…but so rewarding to be sure that kids had a great Christmas.

    • Max

      I remember being on the receiving end– one year my Mother in-law was serenaded one crisp,cool winter evening by the choir members and given a gift plate of cookies from her church. We were visiting with her and enjoyed it very much also! She was pleased that someone had thought of her.

      I have been singing in the nursing home to those residents who once attended church there also.

    • Myeshia U.

      My best memory is giving to a child on an Angel tree. I was only in high school at the time but I really felt like I was making a difference.

    • coupongirl29485

      My memory of giving was when my co-workers and I pooled together and adopted a family from famlies helping families. We were able to provide so much more than our family requested and it made me feel so good to be able to give them so much more. We seem to take the little things for granted and this family only wanted the bear minimum yet we were able to give them so much more.

    • KJohnson09

      Our small group at church adopted a family in town. The grandmother had custody of 2 grandkids & could not provide for their xmas. They lived in very poor conditions. We had the privilege of going to their house on xmas eve with our children to deliver their gifts to them. It was such a blessing to see the kids light up with surprise & how grateful the grandmother was for us.

    • Lindsey

      I love adopting a family at Christmas and thinking of the happiness they feel when they receive them.

    • Nicole M

      picking names off of an Angel Tree and buying Christmas presents for children who are REALLY in need shows my children how much they actually have.

    • brittani

      our associate pastor & his family mentioned that they were doing operation Christmas child. (this is where u fill a shoe box of toiletries, school supplies, under garments & toys). My 11yr old son asked if he could please make 1 to give them, of course i said yes. Well he ended up making 5 & he was so excited 2 be doing it! You could tell he was doing it for the right reasons not for the attention, it was such a blessing!

    • Jeanna

      Our church puts on a Christmas program and provides a meal for needy families. There is also a “Santa Shop,” where the kids can “buy” things for their parents. It is amazing to see the kids get so excited about giving their parents deodorant and soap! This really blesses my heart to be able to be a part of this!

    • Laura

      When we were in youth group in church, we sponsored a family for Christmas. We even went to their house to deliver the presents. I still remember the smiles and tears.

    • Lorrie Brun

      I was a single mom with 2 kids of my own but when my boys told me that the parents of one their friends had kicked him out and he had no place to go I figured what’s one more mouth to feed and took him into our home. He was only 14yrs old. That Christmas I bought for him just like I did for my own kids and on Christmas morning he made me cry when he opened his gifts. I never saw a kid so excited and so grateful for what he had received. It wasnt much but to him it was like I had spent a million dollars on him.

    • Becky Daniels

      For many years I was a sales rep, and one of the offices I called on gave me a $50 mall gift card for Christmas. I didn’t went them to do that, so when I heard this woman on the radio on Dec 23 crying about how she was too late trying to get her kids on the lists with different organizations to get help with Christmas I literally turned the car around and went to the mall. I spent those $50 (from the gift card) and at least $50 more of my own and bought those kids piles of stuff. I got it all to the radio station just as the show host was leaving. He was so appreciative, and I know that the family who needed the stuff was too.

    • Anita

      Instead of having an expensive work holiday party, I organized for our department to adopt a family. We provided awesome gifts for 4 children! It was the best feeling ever!

    • Amy L.

      Last year my parents gave each of our boys $100 with the challenge to give part of their present to someone or something in need. My oldest son gave 1/3 of his gift to St. Jude’s hospital after watching the story of a child with cancer! My middle son gave 1/3 of his gift to Harvest Hope Food Bank when he saw how his donation could be multiplied many times over to meet the needs of many families! It was awesome and inspiring!

    • naenae248

      My favorite memories of giving are remade every year when I take my kids shopping to fill up shoeboxes for kids at the Bread of Life Orphanage. They each pick a child and then pick gifts for that child. It is such a blessing to teach my boys about being loving and charitable.

    • HeatherH

      One year a family in our community had a house fire in December. They lost everything! We not only gave them a place to stay, but also provided them with food, clothes, and Christmas gifts for the kids! It was very rewarding!

    • Laney

      My favorite thing that my family does at Christmas is giving a shoe box for Operation Christmas child. Our children love picking out toys and goodies for another child.

    • melissa

      I would always make a craft for my parents and they loved it.

    • rb

      giving out angel tree gifts to children who really need

    • jeremy

      I gave my spouse my christmas money so she could buy the gift she’d been wanting – it made her so happy and that made me so happy.

    • jessica

      My family does the shoe boxes every year and that is a great feeling of giving to the less fortunate. Now that I have been couponing I am able to do more boxes than ever before

    • mossy30553

      My coworker and I collected money to buy Chistmas for a little boy whose mother was killed in a car wreck earlier that month.

    • cm0304

      The best memory I have is right after my son was born, my husband lost his job. We were struggling however we realized we still had much more then others. We decided to go with out for ourselves at Christmas and used the money we had saved to purchase gifts to give to another family that needed it more. We took our $150 savings; turned it into a Visa gift card and left it on the porch on Christmas Eve. My husband rang the doorbell and ran off while I watch from down the street. it was very touching to explain what we were doing to our 5 year old and how excited she was to do it. I just hope we can do it again soon once we are back on our feet.

    • Sara

      Giving my first born gifts on his first Christmas. The baby probably could have cared less, but my husband and I were overjoyed!

    • Kristy

      A few years back, the idea that “it is better to give than receive” came to life for our family. We discovered another family down the road from us that was going through a difficult time. The father’s past caught up with him and was taken to jail. The mother’s Christmas budget was wiped out with legal fees, which made it impossible for her son to have a nice Christmas. When my son found out about this, he took it upon himself to supply the boy with as many gifts as he could find. He raided his toy box and gave up several things he cared about in order to give to this boy. We got a few other families involved in the surprise and before we knew it, this boy’s Christmas was bright again.

    • RMJC

      For the twelve days preceding Christmas , leaving a gift (in proper number fashion) at a family’s doorstep, anonymously.

    • Jennifer G.

      I love baking and taking cookies to the local fire and police departments on Christmas day. They are always so surprised when we remember them serving us!

    • Carmen

      I always enjoy doing the operation Christmas child, I get so excited about filling the boxes with as much as I can and I always like to picture the little kid opening the box, it’s such a rewarding experience that sometimes I get more excited shopping for them than I do shopping for myself lol I now have a 3 yr old daughter and I’m trying to show her the joy of giving by letting her help me pick out toys for the boxes

    • C Smith

      One of my favorite stories of giving has now become an anual Christmas tradition. My 2 daughters along with some others go to the local nursing home with flavored crackers and bananas to pass out to residents, pass out hugs, sing carols, just visit and let them know they are cared for. Makes their day and makes my daughters realize their many blessings.

    • My favorite Christmas giving is each year since 2007 we choose 2 children from our Angel Tree at church to buy Christmas for. We lost our twins babies that year so in their honor we buy Christmas for a boy and girl just like we would have done for them.

    • Ashley

      I wanted to give my mom an afghan I crocheted one Christmas, but I was running out of time to finish it. My great-grandmother stepped in to help. That made for sweet memories all the way around.

    • Stacy Fleming

      The best part of Christmas is taking our budgeting giving money to the store and shopping for toys for the Toys for Tots program. It is such a joyful time.

    • Sabrina

      I love giving food to our church to help make Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner boxes for needy families in our area. It makes my heart hurt to think most of these people wouldn’t have a holiday dinner otherwise.

    • Mom2WTG

      When I was 19, I was worried that a family member with several small children would not have Christmas. On Christmas Eve, my Dad (dressed as Santa) and I delivered a truck load of toys and clothes to those little ones. Still to this day, I don’t think they realize that Santa was their uncle! In addition to their sweet smiles, I received another blessing. My mom, who struggled with bitterness after she and my father had divorced years earlier, joined in the efforts to provide for their Christmas, though this was my Dad’s family! I think this was one of my most memorable Christmas’!

    • esyke623

      I remember once at Christmas my family invited over local college students that had no money to get home for Christmas. At first, as a kid, I was bummed out that we had to “share” our family time– until I saw the joy and thanks on their faces. It is one of the best Christmases we ever had.

    • Operation Christmas child always played a huge role in the weeks before Christmas for my family. As a child I loved going out and picking out the perfect items to put in the shoe boxes!

    • Chrissy

      I volunteer to deliver gifts to needy families. Sometimes the house is an hour away but I am really the one who received the gift after all!

    • KAR622

      I think my favorite memories of giving come from years when I had no money and was forced to get creative with family members’ gifts. I learned from those experiences that it’s not about the money I spend on the gifts, but about the effort and love I show through them. Presents are so much more heartfelt when I’ve spent time and effort making them by hand or searching through a million yard and rummage sales looking for just the right gifts.

    • Mel

      we love contacting the post office and getting letters that were written to santa…. then mailing the gifts to the person from santa!

    • Amanda Watkins

      When I was in grad school, I was struggling to make ends meet, so I made all my family presents- scarves, blankets, jewelrey. And we also agreed to spend more time with each other- we set aside one weekend a month to get together and go on a hike or bake cookies for the neighbors. It was so much better and the gift of time was a huge blessing.

    • Shash

      Every year we sponsor a family in need and buy gifts for their Christmas!

    • We love to shop for the angel tree and deliver gifts to local families.

    • I was able to help our youth group organize a clothing drive. Those items were distrbuted to homeless on the Seattle streets. It was one of the most amazing Christmas seasons I’ve ever experienced. The people were so nice and so thankful! Amazing!

    • dblr82

      Helping children at a local abuse shelter. I not only was able to give to them, but they in turned taught me a lesson of forgiveness and love.

    • Anna S

      One part of Christmas I look forward to is helping my kids make gifts to give to grandparents. It’s never anything fancy or expensive (think preschool crafts, lol!) but it’s something special to the grandparents because was “handmade”. I rather make things that are from the heart to give rather than buy something “just to have something to give”. :)

    • Melinda

      Buying gifts for a friend who has nothing for her to give her kids (from her and santa) on Christmas morning.

    • jennyhickey

      Spending Christmas day on the streets of Birmingham handing out coats, socks and toiletries to the homeless. We went with our church as a family and would have live singing, hot food. I am more appreciative for what I have and understand the difference between needs and wants because my parents chose to teach us what Christmas was all about!! So thankful for godly and loving parents!!

    • Angel in Charleston

      My parents taught us early on, through example, to love giving. I mentioned just recently to my mother how fondly I remember Barbara’s Beauty Box. Though we were poor by the world’s standards, we had what we needed and we were well cared for. One year we put together a box of hygiene and beauty supplies for a girl who was not as fortunate (Barbara). Mom couldn’t believe I remember that -apparently I was very young – but it is one of my favorite memories. I was blessed to marry a wonderful man who also loves to give. We are now trying to teach our young son to give. Blessings abound!

    • Katherine

      Filling up shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child is now a family tradition; thanks to you, Jenny!

    • When I was a kid my family would always bake cookies and give them to shut-in and older members of our church. This is now something I do with my children. They always look forward to it.

    • First, I love Dave Ramsey’s children series! Our Sunday School Class adopted several families one year to give them Christmas. The one that stuck out to me most when we delivered was a single dad with 2 children, they were lucky to have sheter over there heads but not much else. Was so glad to help stock his pantry with food and put some things under the Christmas tree for the children.

    • LMA

      One year my parents & I surprised my grandparents on Christmas morning with breakfast and gifts. They were so surprised and happy that it became our Christmas tradition every year until both my grandparents passed away. I’ll always remember our special time together, the love we shared with them, and how happy we were together.

    • Kim

      My favorite memory of Christmas is when I was in high school living right outside of DC. My friends and I took donations of coats and blankets. We collected them, made a lot of hot coffee and hot chocolate, and then we went downtown DC with it all and drove around and handed it all out to the homeless. It was a FRIGID night, snow was falling, and we were able to bring a little warmth to them.

    • jacreekmore

      When I was teaching 3rd grade to a class where many came from low income families the class decided to sponser a family for Christmas. Watching these children who had very little themselves give their ice cream money and other change for other kids to have a better Christmas made my teacher heart warm.

    • Heather Rifkin

      Every year we do the operation Christmas child boxes and I love seeing my kids try to rearrange the boxes to fit more things in them. My six year old even did chores to earn shipping money because he wanted to mail 4 boxes this year. We helped him fill them!

    • pd97

      The past several years our family has donated to various charities rather than exchange gifts!

    • Peggy Warnock

      I felt really good when me and my 3 grown children gave my Mom a new heater and heating fuel for Christmas. She had to live on a very low fixed income so winters where always hard for her. Sorry to say she is no longer with us, but I know she really appreciated the help.

    • Angel in Charleston

      My parents taught us early on, through example, to love giving. I mentioned just recently to my mother how fondly I remember Barbara’s Beauty Box. Though we were poor by the world’s standards, we had what we needed and we were well cared for. One year we put together a box of hygiene and beauty supplies for a girl who was not as fortunate (Barbara). Mom couldn’t believe I remember that -apparently I was very young – but it is one of my favorite memories. I was blessed to marry a wonderful man who also loves to give. We are now trying to teach our young son to give. Blessings abound!

    • I loved the first year that I had a job and could pick our higher dollar presents for my family. I was less focused on what I needed or wanted and could back, particularly to my parents.

    • liz23407

      Our family adopted a family for Christmas a couple of years ago, and we had such a great time providing new toys, clothes, and Christmas dinner for them. It blesses my family to bless others.

    • AndreaC25

      I love doing the Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes with my children and teaching them about the importance to give to those less fortunate than us. We also give to a angel tree child yearly. This year, there is a family that is in need that we know and we are helping to provide Christmas to their 3 children.

    • lil A’s mom

      i love doing the operation Christmas child boxes and I hope to pass this on to my daughter (now 1.5 years old) so that she will enjoy giving more than receiving when she is old enough to understand

    • Sandi H.

      My best christmas memory is when we decided to make each other’s christmas presents (nothing could be store bought). You could see the love that went into each and every gift.

    • Katie

      The best Christmas memory I have of giving rather than receiving was when I was a nanny for twin girls. I had particpated in Operation Christmas Child for many years but I just done it because my church was doing it. It wasn’t until I started working for a family and got their twins involved that it really meant anything. The first year I was with the family I asked them to help me and they both decided they wanted to buy things for girls their age. As we shopped I reminded them that they were sending these toys to kids that wouldn’t have a Christmas and while they understood most of what I was telling them. I was blessed seeing their faces light up at the toys. It reaffirmed that some kid on the other side of the world would have that same glow too.

    • Jennie

      When we’d deliver food collected in the holiday food drive at church. We’d split up into groups and deliver the food to each family. Even with as much as they needed and appreciated the food, I still think we were blessed more in getting to do that.

    • Ashley Carter

      This year I got to teach my girls about others who do not have much. We made a box and sent it to Operation Christmas Child

    • DawnM

      I love finding just the right gift for someone – something useful and something they’ll want. I try to listen to people throughout the year and the surprise them with something they’ve mentioned. In the past that’s been Le Crueset pots, certain books, or even pictures. It’s great to see them open a gift they need or really want.

    • I got my husband a bike trailer so he could go on rides with our son. He took it everywhere!

    • Emily

      We teach 6th graders at church and one year they did extra chores and helped out around their homes to earn some money for a heifer international gift. We bought a ram for a family (in India, I think) to use for milk and breeding!

    • Lbs

      I love filling a shoebox for OCC every yr!

    • Leslie Starling Moore

      I always love to pick an angel or to make Operation Christmas Child boxes!

    • We are so blessed as a people to have so much. I wanted to give my friends in college something that gave back to those in need. I gave gifts in honor of my friends through Samaritan’s Purse. They loved it and it helped other people!

    • Emily

      The year that our Sunday School class collected gifts for an “adopted” child at a local children’s home and then went to deliver the gifts was very memorable. We’ve always done Operation Christmas Child boxes, and while I continue to do them, something special happens when you actually get to meet the person receiving your gifts.

    • Ashley Hartman Sumners

      We love giving each year to the children who are in need – Operation Christmas Child, Angel Tree, local families in our church, etc.

    • Cheryl C

      Every year my mother would prepare a basket for this elderly lady who had worked for our family for many years. She had never married and had no children of her own but was close to a nephew. As she grew older and became unable to work, it was important to mother to provide something she wanted along with little extras she would not purchase for herself. It was a joy to see the light in her eyes when that basket was delivered.

    • Wendy A

      I was in 5th grade and got to go to a “Christmas shop” they set up in our school. I was so excited to pick things out for everyone in my family and them actually be surprised with what I got them! Every year I try to take my kids (4 of them) to get gifts, but I always run out of time, or money!

    • Kendra

      One year our dog ran away a couple weeks before Christmas. Turns out she was several miles away at a trailer park. We received a call from a family telling us they had our dog. When we arrived she was playing inside with two little boys, twins. They had been taking care of her for three days and fell in love with her. The look of disappointment covered their little faces as we came to take her back home with us. It broke our hearts to tear her away from them. We loved our dog, Lola, and got her the first year we were married. We drove home, put a big red bow around her neck and took her right back. With such excitement, the little twins said it was the “best Christmas ever!” Never felt better about giving!

    • Jessica

      I love organizing Operation Christmas Child at my church every year, and contributing by packing boxes!

    • ChrissiG

      My favorite Christmas mememory is when I visited a prison in my state and passed out care packages (bags with hygiene products, candy, snacks, food, etc.) Many neglect those who are incarcerated, but visiting the prison that day and passing out the packages reminded me that God loves everyone and that we should be Christ’s hands and feet and reach out to those who are lost.

    • Bonny woodward

      My greatest memory of giving at Christmas was taking gifts to the local nursing home and seeing the residents faces light up when they received their presents. It feels great to bring people joy.

    • Elizabeth

      We went shopping for an entire family one Christmas including food, clothing, and toys. We went to the store and loaded up over two carts of food and then another cart of just clothes and toys. We wrapped the presents and put all the items on their front porch, rang the bell and ran to the car. It was the most fun I can remember us having together and it felt so much better than receiving any item I wanted that Christmas.

    • Tara P

      One year my husband’s work collected stuff for families thru the salvation army. This mother asked for towels. The simple things we take for granted. We went to Costco and got her 2 sets of bath towels, bath mats to match, washcloths and hand towels. We even got her a set of kitchen towels. That was ver rewarding we were able to help.

    • alli0602@yahoo.com

      At my work, we adopted a needed family. We received the information from a poorer school in the area. Shopping for those 3 kids was great! And we received a thank you note from the kids’ grandmother – it was very sweet and touching. That is what Christmas is all about!

    • Sarah

      I love doing the Angel Tree project and picking out something special for the kids on the tree who have parents in prison.

    • I love putting together operation christmas child shoeboxes each year

    • crissyanna

      My favorite memories of giving are of our church’s christmas boxes. We collect donations of food and other useful winter items all month and then we deliver them to the people who need them the most. :)

    • Jessica Cannino

      We adopt a family in need for Christmas every year and its so much fun! The kids enjoy picking out the gifts for the family. Now that I am couponing I am proud to say I was able to donate enough food to provide Thanksgiving dinner for 20 families!

    • barbie1032

      The best Christmas memory of giving is inviting over a some friends
      for Christmas dinner because some of the family was going to be out of town and they would have been alone for Christmas.

    • Szblair

      We started a new Christmas Eve tradition last year by volunteering at the Metro Police Christmas Charities. Our family wakes up early (6am) to deliver food baskets and gifts to people in need. It was great to see my young children realize that the only food or gifts these people may receive are what we took to their home.

    • tiptoes

      We decided to give to the children’s fund one year instead of giving gifts.

    • Heather T

      I remember my mom encouraging me to go through my toys as a kid to give to a local Christmas toy drive and the amazing feeling as people were shocked to see the 2 or 3 GARBAGE bags of toys we brought in of things I didn’t play with anymore. Praying we all remember the true reason for the season in God sending His only Son as the most unthinkable and precious act of love by our gracious God!!

    • My best Christmas memory of giving was going to the local food bank to volunteer at the Christmas drive. It was so amazing to see people being blessed by the opportunity.

    • Melanie

      As I reflect over the past, I do not remember many gifts I received but the sweetest memories are the ones where others were blessed. Blessing a child whose parent was in prison, sending shoe boxes overseas, giving time to sing carols at a hospice home. The gift is Christ, and any way we can tangibly show someone that through a simple gift, that is an eternal investment!

    • jenny

      It’s always a great feeling to give rather than receive, We picked an angel off the angel tree and bought for a little boy. We are going to do the same thing this year except our kids our older and we are going to let them do the shopping for the angel we pick. We are blessed and fortunate to do this for someone who is not as fortunate as us!

    • Elvira

      Every year my family would make Christmas cookies, mint bars, popcorn balls, whoopie pies and various other goodies. Then we would package them up and take them to our neighbors, family, friends, church friends and teachers from school. It was a great memory and we do some of that now.

    • Beth

      When I was 16, we had a new neighbor move in with 2 younger kids and one new baby, and you could tell they were not well off. I was talking to the 7 year old boy, and he told me his dad got laid off from work. So, I asked around and raised some “Santa” money. I took this money shopping and bought them all Christmas presents. I don’t remember how much, but it was almost $200 each kid. My dad chipped in and made them a huge Christmas dinner with a turkey and all. We dropped off the food, and left the presents out back for the parents to put out later. I didn’t get to see the kids open the presents, but knowing I helped Santa find his way to a house where the two older kids were told he wouldn’t know where they were, was the best feeling ever!

    • Pamela

      I always love being a part of putting together gifts for Operation Christmas Child. It’s a real reminder of how much we have when you put practical things like toothbrushes in a box for kids who will need it!

    • Gena P.

      The past few years we have given our children a choice. Either buy a large Christmas tree or a very small one and give away the difference. What fills my heart is that they always pick the smaller tree. Thy both love giving to others!

    • I remember visiting and volunteering at an orphanage as a child during the holidays. It is a memory that has always stuck out to me!

    • Lori92

      Each time we find money on the ground we put the money into our angel money container. (Mom and Dad also add money to it as the year goes on) The first week of December the whole family cash in the money and Dad and I watch as the children go shopping for other children. It is a blessing to watch them shop and the looks on there faces when they find that perfect gift.

    • Kim

      My little brother and I always have such a great time shopping for and making Christmas gifts for my parents. They provide so much for us throughout the year. It is the least we can do to give them something extra special for Christmas!!

    • jandomcintyre

      My favorite memory of giving was taking all the kids shopping or salvation army tree recepients. We got angels off the tree the same age and gender of each of our children, then let them pick a toy. It was a small Chrismas in our home that year, but the kids thought it was huge because they had gotten to shop for someone else!

    • Carole

      One of the best Christmases I’ve had was my daughter’s 2nd Christmas. I had entered a raffle drawing for a stuffed animal named Rosie the Reindeer. I didn’t remember how big it was when I entered to win it. I got the call a couple of days before Christmas that I had won it. I brought it home & my daughter was so excited to get it. She loved sitting on the back of it, pretending she was riding a horse. 6 yrs later & she still loves climbing on the back of her & pretending she is riding a horse. It is one of her most loved presents that she has ever received.

    • Jennifer Jones Johnson

      Packing shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child with my sons has been such a rewarding experience. Not only do we get the chance to share material possessions with the children who receive our boxes, but we also know that they will receive the Gospel, and get to know the One whose birth we celebrate at Christmas.

    • J’s mom

      This melted my heart last night, my 4 year old son asked for a toy last night for Christmas and my husband responded with some parents can’t afford toys for their kids… My son then wanted to go through his cars (his favorite toys), to give to other kids for Christmas.

    • Michelle b.

      My favorite memories are taking tags off the Christmas tree at church to buy gifts for needy children. My current company does the same thing and I look forward to helping them each year!

    • busy mom

      One year my husband and I adopted a family for christmas and instead of buying each other gifts we gave to the needy family instead.

    • Ashley Tate

      My favorite memory of giving at Christmas was in 2010. My sister who is in the Air Force was deployed to Iraq during the holidays. So my entire family got together and instead of giving each other gifts we all made care packages for her and the 9 guys who were with her there. So three weeks before Christmas I sent 13 large flat rate boxes to Iraq. They all received their boxes and she said some of the guys were so excited because that was all they received the entire 8 months they were there. It was great feeling to know they were so appreciative of what we had done.

    • 2educ8

      I can’t really remember a time when we made huge intention to give on Christmas, but now, with my own young kids, I plan on doing Random Acts of Christmas Kindness. I am going to tuck each “assignment” into our advent calendar so that each day we are doing something wonderful to share joy this season. I think it’s going to be really awesome because my son (4) is really getting into the idea of paying it forward.

    • Valorie Gomes

      We make Christmas gifts for teachers and family instead of buyng them

    • April

      Giving gifts to and feeding the homeless.

    • Courtney

      Making homemade gifts~

    • Terese

      A few years back, I really felt that we were to sacrifice some of what we would normally spend on each other and the kids and spend it instead on another family who had less. So we contacted a local agency and were able to adopt a family and help them have Christmas that year.

    • Ali

      Last year, my husband was unemployed & we had no budget allowances for christmas gifts. We got really creative & it was hard, but managed to pull off a great christmas for the kids. Even though it was modest, it was still so precious to wake up & have gifts for the kids.

    • My favorite memory of giving rather than receiving was to a former co-worker of mine going through a rough time during the holidays. Her twin boys’ birthday was coming up and she felt bad that she could not buy them a gift & didn’t even have enough money to get them a cake. When I heard this, I went out shopping & bought everything needed to make a wonderful birthday cake, some toys, and a few other food items to make sure they enjoyed their special day. She was very happy & it made me feel GREAT!

    • I love seeing the looks on my family’s faces when I can give them the gift they’ve always wanted. It gives me great joy! ^ _ ^

    • Jessica O.

      My Best Christmas Memory is, one of my girls friends was talking about them not getting anything for Christmas because their mom and dad didn’t have the money and my girls went and gathered all their toys and had them to give them for Christmas and we went and bought Christmas for them it just blessed my heart to know my kids cared so much that they would give everything they had to help them!

    • Jen

      This year is going to be the best Christmas ever. I am making 264 Santa hates to put on the most adorable wooden snowmen that my 65 year old neighbor is making. They are going to nursing homes where the elderly are alone and don’t have family to visit them.

    • Megan

      As a church family we bought toys for a family in need in our area and the look on the mother’s face when she realized there were more gifts then she could fit in her car was priceless.

    • Connie

      Shopping and preparing Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes with my 2 daughters

    • jane leford

      We always took gifts and spent Christmas with a neighbor of ours that lived alone.She had no family around.It was such a blessing to us.She was a sweet lady and watching her open all her gifts was so much better than us opening gifts.The last 3 years she was alive was spent in a nursing home.We went there every year and spent Christmas Day with her.We miss her so bad now.We will always remember how much better it was to give to her than to receive!!

    • Angelia Christenson

      My best Christmas giving memory was our first year in cub scouts and we took donations of very specific yet not expensive gifts for a family who’s home burned during the Thanksgiving break. They were aware of the donations being taken for Santa to have there Christmas morning but what they were NOT aware of is that we also donated our Pack xmas tree fully decorated and delivered on Christmas eve by our eldest pack boys and also a rather large brunch for Christmas morning that we all worked together to prepare and a large Dinner for that evening with all the trimmings as well.

    • cher

      We don’t do much of a christmas. I contribute as much as I can every month all year round and up the ante during the holidays. I can’t think of a big ta da. Many of these posts make me feel I should be doing more. The holidays are just not a big thing to me so I dneed to remember it is for many people.

    • CH

      As a little girl, I gave the present I received from a Kmart christmas tree donation to my younger sister because no one donated a gift to her.

    • Bridget

      Donating money to the kids in Guatemala and watching their faces as they receive simple things.
      Watch for yourself

    • Helen

      I remember wrapping up socks to give to the senior citizens that lived upstairs of my preschool when I was little.

    • MIMI

      When my boys were younger they would pick an Angel off the Angel Tree and we would purchase gifs.

    • Erin Titus

      Instead of giving my grandparents “physical” presents, we would give a donation in their name to one of our favorite charities, Heifer International. They always got teary-eyed when they opened our card to see where our donation was sent in their honor.

    • We had money set aside for our kids Christmas presents and we let all 3 pick out a present they would like to have and told them whatever they picked out would go to a needy child and they were so excited about being able to give to the less fortunate that might not have had anything before. They also wanted to give up another of the presents to give to others too.

    • Charity

      One summer, when I was about fourteen, my brother and sister and I were helping to clean out my great-grandparents’ house after they had gone to the assisted living. We were out in the barn and came across some old horse brushes with my mom’s name on them. We hid them and somehow managed to keep it a secret for months, until Christmas morning — when our mom opened them, she burst into tears. She hadn’t seen those brushes in over thirty years.

    • Amy W.

      We always pick angels off the tree at church which have children ages, sizes and wishes. Then my kids and I shop together for the gifts.

    • Nancy

      My favorite Christmas memory is of making my own gifts to give when I was a child. A favorite was potholders made with the weaving loom and lots of colorful loops! I also made my father a patriotic needlework picture!

    • One of the best Christmas memories we had was giving a full dinner to a military family who could not afford it. This warmed our hearts to help a real hero feed their family.

    • My mom was a single parent of 4 kids. She very rarely had anything new. When I was 14, I had a small paper route and saved all my money. I was able to save up $100 and put it in an old empty bottle in singles. I was amazed at how she was able to stretch that money to get herself some new clothes and boots for winter. For me, that was an AWESOME Christmas!

    • Melanie

      Two years ago I was in the process of finding another job; my husband and I went to the homeless shelter to donate toiletries as we prepared to move. The lady asked if I had checked in to receive services thinking I was one of their clients; then it hit me, there but for the grace of God go I. The next year, I was the one out of a job and not knowing where we’d live in two months’ time. This year, I have a job but there is no money for Christmas gifts. Still, while it wasn’t my happiest Christmas moment, it was the moment that will stay with me forever to remind me that Christmas time is for counting blessings and I have so very many! Especially 3 amazing children

    • givethanks126

      A couple of years ago, my family and I had very little besides love. My husband was laid off just before Christmas and we had three kids at the time, one of which was just a few months old. We lived in a parsonage and couldn’t afford rent if they had asked us for it. But we trusted God. We prayed and asked God to help us take our eyes off of our own needs and help us to give more that year than any other year before. My kids decided they wanted to give away some of their toys. We became aware of a family that was living in a hotel with three little girls. My kids gathered up some of their extra clothes and toys and gave them to the girls who were just about their age. It was so awesome to see my kids do that and then to see the look on the little girls’ faces. Also, I was babysitting for extra money and the lady who’s little boy I kept had extra tickets for Toys for Tots. When we went there they gave us so many things we were able to give some to two other families at the church who also had financial difficulty that year. Needless to say, God answered our prayer a few times over. I have no idea what I got for Christmas, but I will always remember what we gave that year.

    • Betsie

      Christmas is always better when we give away plates of cookies and treats to the elderly and single men in our church!!

    • Hockey Mum

      My best Christmas memories are of when I was younger and it was our whole families (both sides). I can’t recall the gifts but I can remember just how happy those times seemed being with our families. I miss those days.

    • The best Christmas memory of giving is helping the children over in Guatemala. A group of us made “care packages” including toys, clothes, school supplies, etc. and shipped them to Guatemala. It was so rewarding to know you were going to make Christmas special for dozens of little children!!! :)

    • Lindsay C

      I have wonderful memories of putting together Operation Christmas Child boxes growing up.

    • robyn shook

      When I was a teacher my friends and I took up money for a little boy in my class. He lived in very poor conditions. We bought him a bike and many other items. After the holidays he would ride the bus home and ride his bike back to school and wait on me to leave the parking lot and follow me down the road….

    • Tracey

      We like the send part of my husband’s bonus to friends who were great mentors to us early in our marriage.

    • georgiadad

      Dave Ramsey has touched our family and so many more in a very powerful way. I once managed a small company and talked the owners into matching dollar for dollar what their 15 minimum wage employees collected. The employees chipped in $2000 and the boss matched the $2000 – and we were able to help give 12 families in our rural area a very memorable Christmas!

    • Deb

      One Christmas my husband and I went all out and got a grandfather clock for my inlaws, really for my mother-in-law – because they helped us out so much when we were first married. We wanted to give something big back to them.

    • The Christmas I was 10, our family bought gifts for a family going through a hard time. I will never forget that Christmas and how good it felt to help someone else!

    • Stephanie

      Last year my daughter spent her own money to buy a toy for someone less fortunate.

    • Danelle Drake

      The tears in our daughters eyes and their following comments after delivering food boxes and gifts last Christmas to a family in our community assured me they had realized the true spirit each of us should hold in our heart. This simple reaction was truly one of the best gifts I have ever received.

    • Jessi

      Buying Christmas gifts for some of the students at the school I used to work at was a blessing to me!

    • Mari

      I remember doing Secret Santa for another family once as a child and the thrill of running up to ring the doorbell!

    • Sara Wells

      My favorite memory was last Christmas when my husband and I were saving for our wedding and we decided to buy gifts for family instead of each other. It was really great.

    • Laurie Kohn

      When our 2 oldest daughters were in preschool we were introduced to Heifer International. They looked through the little booklet of animals you could buy for someone and finally decided they wanted to buy a pig and they wanted to use “their money”. They didn’t have enough money to buy a whole pig so they bought “a share of a pig”. I overheard them telling a family member later that “we bought part of a pig for someone in another country…I hope someone sends the other part soon so they can do something with it”. :)

    • My baby brother wanted a game for his Nintendo but it was sold out. It was all over the news. Somehow, I happened to be in the right place at the right time and I was able to purchase one. What a great surprise for him.

    • Victoria H.

      My favorite memory is knowing my extended family would gather together to celcbrate and reconnect! Strong Family bonds are a big part of who I am today!

    • Shannon

      My favorite has probable been as a parent giving my children gifts & seeing them light up!

    • AngieB

      We buy presents for needy foster kids in our community.

    • Amy

      Giving Charity water donations / (dvd’s and bracelets to family). They liked knowing that their gift helped give people clean water for 25 years.

    • Jen Green

      in college i organized an angel tree for kids in the community. All the girls in the dorm picked a child or family and we delivered almost 100 presents!

    • Jennifer

      My favorite memory was when I was just a kid and we started buying gifts for the “Paper Angels” on the Angel Trees. We loved picking a few names off the tree, buying requested gifts for them and wrapping them up. It’s something I haven’t forgotten in 30+ years and never will.

    • stacey

      My mom is very tall and I remember her never being able to pants that were long enough for her. So at the age of 7 yrs old I decided I would make her a pair oc pants. I spent many nights in our cold garage making her a pair of pants with paper and staples. I remember I could not wait until xmas morning for her to open them. I expected her to wear them all day. I would love this book to be able win this book to my two girls who are beginning to learn the meaning of xmas at 4yrs and 3yes old.

    • Diane

      I sponsored a little girl thru Christian Children’s Fund many years ago and sent extra at Christmas. I was amazed at the thank you note and what all she was able to buy with the money – not only for herself but family members also.

    • Linda

      Today actually was a great one. The kids and I went to the store to buy things for our Operation Christmas Child boxes. It was fun to see them get excited about giving to others.

    • Vicki Hornsby

      Every year I contribute food to our church to fill food baskets for needy families. 4yrs ago we lost our home due to my illness, but even though we had no money for Christmas my husband lucked up on 50 lbs of beans at his place of employment. He brought them home and I filled brown paper bags with beans and my grand-daughter decorated the bags and we took them to church.to go in the baskets. We felt so happy to be able to give and we had a beautiful Christmas in spite of being broke. It is all about giving!!!!!

    • lrsotne98

      When my daughter told me just this year that she wanted to send money into compassion intl for christmas.

    • Anita

      Operation Christmas Child Boxes! I used to put them together myself, and now my little boy helps with the shopping and packing. So much fun to see him restrain himself from opening the little goodies meant for others. Once the boxes are ready, we have cookies and hot chocolate together and talk about which of our things the kids might like best.

    • heyJude910

      I worked in an assisted living where many residents did not have family visiting for the holidays and of course the residents missed that. One year we started adopting a couple of families and some of the residents made blankets and ornaments for the families. To see mostly elderly people light up when they brought their homemade gifts to the office so we could take them to the families was priceless. I only hope that my grandchildren will be able to learn what a wonderful feeling it is to share the wonderful feeling of giving with others.

    • 101pearlygirl

      I have gathered show boxes for Operation Christmas Child and we have gone to the distribution center to prepare the boxes for shipment. It was the most awesome thing to see a warehouse filled with all those boxes for kids around the world.


      I always love giving my kids gifts. The look of joy on their eyes Christmas morning is priceless!

    • Elizabeth

      Singing Christmas carols with our Church at all of the local nursing homes. Spreading cheer to all the residents of those homes was a great way to share the spirit of Christmas. It was heart warming to see them smile.

    • Sandy

      I spent one Christmas in China sharing the gospel….amazing experience to say the least!

    • Melissa

      The best Christmas gift our family gave to each other was to go to the nearby nursing home and sing Christmas carols to the residents. I was in tears watching the smiles on their faces.

    • When I would go to work at a local mall where I lived, I would pass this gentleman on the side of the road many times. His appearance lead me to think he was homeless or very poor. As the weather turned colder, this gentleman would still be out walking up or down the road…with no coat. I’m a giver and wear my heart on my sleeve so I felt compassion for him and talked my fellow co-workers into going in with me to buy this guy a new coat and just prayed that God would give me the opportunity to give it to him. Well, that was a few weeks before Christmas and I never passed him again like I usually did going to work. On Christmas Eve that year, I got into an argument with my boyfriend at the time and to blow off some steem, I went for a drive…at 11:45 PM! And guess what? Yep, that gentleman was walking down the road as I went up with no coat and I still had the one we bought for him in my car wrapped with a bow. As I passed him I knew this was a God thing and I had to get it to him but wasn’t sure how to safely. I turned around and pulled into a parking lot just down from where he was walking towards and layed the box out for him. It was Christmas by that time….just after midnight. I did not stick around as I had my safety in mind but as I pulled out I noticed a firetruck with two gentlemen sitting in it in the parking lot across the road. I never saw that man again.

    • We do OCC for Samaritan’s Purse every year and it brings such joy to know you can bless children who might not otherwise receive a gift for Christmas.

    • Sara

      Operation Christmas child has really helped us focus on giving at Christmas. Some of my favorite memories are packing boxes with my family as well as other friends/family

    • Lori

      My office adopts a child at Christmas and we go together and shop for the gifts that child would like to have. It’s very rewarding helping someone in need.

    • Christine B.

      My mom loves music and her favorite movie is “The Wizard of Oz,” and a few years ago I discovered that St. Louis Symphony would be accompanying a screening of it live. I bought my parents tickets to it, and it’s been hard to live up to that gift ever since!

    • trungnguyen

      I’m the giver every year. I always buy gifts for all family members and some friends.

    • Rose O.

      Over the years my family has shared our special Christmas Breakfast with special friends or family who have not had any others to share Christmas morning with, including a divorced aunt, elderly neighbors, a co-worker & her children who could not make it home to their family, and a widowed friend. My children learned a valuable lesson and we, as a family, enjoyed sharing our home.

    • My first Christmas as an adult. I was in college, I had my own money for once and did all of my holiday shopping from that money. I got my mom a tool kit, my brother a watch and something spiffy for my dad. It felt so good to buy all my own gifts for people and show up at home with an arm load of gifts for everyone just like you seen on TV.

    • When I was a single missionary in Peru, I would make up Christmas boxes for the local churches to give to those who truly had nothing. They were simple things like sugar, can milk, bread, rice, beans and candy. The best part was that the people did not know it was coming from a missionary, but from the local church.

    • Jessica

      A few years ago our family cooked and shopped for a family whose father had been out of work due to an injury. It was a joy to be able to deliver the meal and gifts to them and let them know how much we appreciated them.

    • Raquel Chambers

      My favorite Christmas Story of giving was when I felt led to buy diapers for a young mother. When I delivered them she said that she had just finished praying because she had run out of diapers!

    • Kendall

      Jenny, I think you added an extra zero….Dave Ramsey is giving away $10,000, not $100,000. :)

    • Pam

      One year our church had a give away day to our community. We took food, clothing, gifts to a family who was living in a house without heat. The parents did not think they were going to be able to give their 2 children anything for Christmas. When we arrived with food, clothing & gifts, the family was so surprised & appreciated it so much. It was the best I have felt about Christmas since I discovered there was no Santa.

    • ccasey1978

      Our best memory is volunteering at the local mens shelter on Christmas. We helped cook and serve the meal then later we helped hand out coats to all the adults and children.

    • Ruth

      I love Dave Ramsey!!! We are starting Financial Peace for kids! This book would be a perfect addition to those training guides.

    • Gingerbiz

      Every year we deliver food and toys to needy families. The people are so precious and grateful. It has been an awesome tradition for my husband and myself for years. It is a highlight of our holiday season.

    • Olivia M

      One year for Christmas, when I was a teenager, I told my parents I didn’t want any Christmas gifts from them and for them to spend that money on a family in need. I was able to find a family through a local charity that consisted of a single mother and her two kids. I bought the kids toys and electronics and a gift card to a local grocery store. I made up a basket full of lotions, body wash and face masks and gave that to the mom. I also made up a batch of Christmas cookies and bought them over with the gifts. The mother was so grateful, it truly touched my heart.

    • One year a co-worker and I put up a tree and the trimmings for a friend that was ill. We also filled the Christmas list for her children. That was one of the last good memories she had brfore she passed.

    • Jennifer

      We volunteer at Ronald McDonald House during thanksgiving. Makes me feel blessed when you look at other people’s problems instead of yourself…

    • It was simple, pure pleasure to see the joy in my daughter’s eyes each Christmas morning, but especially the year she turned five. I noticed she was thrilled with each gift, as happy with new crayons as the fancy Barbie Townhouse, and so typical of her sweet, grateful spirit at that innocent age, and continues in her now, more than twenty years later. Yet, she was far more excited that Santa had left his red cap by the hearth than by any gift she received! She wore that Santa cap for days afterward, and then every Christmas after. It is that magical Christmas morning moment that she remembers more vividly than any gift she ever received. And so, that year began our tradition of each of us wearing Santa caps on Christmas Day. My favorite Christmas memory is giving her the magical moment that became her favorite Christmas memory of all.

    • It was simple, pure pleasure to see the joy in my daughter’s eyes each Christmas morning, but especially the year she turned five. I noticed she was thrilled with each gift, as happy with new crayons as the fancy Barbie Townhouse, and so typical of her sweet, grateful spirit at that innocent age, and continues in her now, more than twenty years later. Yet, she was far more excited that Santa had left his red cap by the hearth than by any gift she received! She wore that Santa cap for days afterward, and then every Christmas after. It is that magical Christmas morning moment that she remembers more vividly than any gift she ever received. And so, that year began our tradition of each of us wearing Santa caps on Christmas Day. My favorite Christmas memory is giving her the magical moment that became her favorite Christmas memory of all.

    • Suzanne

      Mine would be helping a family who was going through a horrible time as their son battled cancer.

    • Meliz

      My nine year old told me that he has saved his money up for his cousins to bless them with a gift for Christmas. He said, “It is so fun to see them smile.” They are going through a bitter time with their parents divorce and custody battles. It melted my heart to see him recognize the need to make someone smile!

    • ww33585

      My favority memory is participating in Angel Tree. Last year, we “accidentally” got a child’s name way out of our area, but my husband and I felt a connection to them and bought presents for his whole family and went anyway. It was one of the greatest blessings we had ever experienced. What a precious family! BTW there are no “accidents” when you’re doing God’s work!

    • johoha

      The last few years our family has selected a child on an angel tree who is the same age as our daughter. She goes shopping with us for things she likes knowing they are going to someone less fortunate than herself.

    • rlpugh42

      We introduced our then 3 year old to the Angel Tree program last year and I loved the way she got excited and got on board with it. Throughout the year this year she would find a random toy at the bottom of her toy box and bring it to me because she didn’t play with it anymore and wanted to give it to the kid’s who didn’t have as many toys.

    • jan

      My nephew bought some marbles from a school fundraiser because he knew I liked decorative “marbles”.

    • dlbandjeb

      My best memory of giving came from my 6 year old who told me all he wanted for Christmas was to sponsor another child in one of the adopt a child holiday programs. A program where he could go shopping and pick gifts for another child who would other wise recieve nothing on Christmas morning. He was so excited to be giving to another child.

    • Audra R.

      Every Christmas Eve we go to Christmas Eve service at our church in Loganville, Ga. Then we head over to the Waffle House and have dinner and leave a Thank you for serving on a holiday card and a large tip. We figure if these people are working on a holiday it’s because they need to.

    • giving my kids their presents 2 years ago was amazing

    • Paige Lanier

      One year my children surprised me with a gift that they donated to World Vision to purchase chickens for a family, instead of a gift for me. I was touched beyond words. The next year, I chose to purchase a gift for my parents from World Vision instead of a local store. I love it when I can learn from my children that the real gift is not wrapped in shiny papers and bows, but in our heart attitude and God’s grace. Giving to others has become a new tradition.

    • Crystal

      When my husband and I were first married we “adopted” a single mom for Christmas and made sure she could provide a nice Christmas for herself and her son. It was great to do that.

    • Tammy Bleeker

      Growing up our family was always the one getting Christmas presents and dinner from our church friends. Now as a Mom it is so rewarding to be able to give back and teach my daughter how to share. We adopt several children each year and also donate food to local food bank.

    • Matt

      Working at the local homeless shelter over the holidays. Volunteering and serving food.

    • beth

      Angel Tree program at church

    • Jorge & Amity Alicea

      My favorite memory of giving at Christmas is when my parents took us to the Angel Tree at the mall and allowed us to each choose one name to buy for. It is a tradition i have tried to continue with my children.

    • JenT

      One of our co-workers was going through a nasty divorce. She had two young boys and she had told us she wouldn’t be able to afford a Christmas for them that year. We put our money together, bought a bunch of toys for the boys and some gift cards for our friend. We wrapped the gifts and left them on their porch one night. We rang the doorbell and ran!! Our friend had her suspicions about who gave her the Christmas gifts, but never asked. She was extremely grateful and the boys had a wonderful Christmas! It was a very special Christmas that year for everyone involved!

    • Danielle Rogers

      My favorite memory of giving rather then receiving is when we let my daughter choose a child’s name off the Christmas tree at our local grocery store. We went out and bought things for the boy (a bike, clothes, toys). My daughter was young and didn’t understand that people aren’t all living the same kind of life. She was 6 then and that was our first “secret santa” type experience. It was the best thing we’d ever done because she learned so much from that experience and I believe it has shaped her to this day (now 12 years old) to be a caring, understanding and giving person.

    • Kathy A.

      I learned of a family in my community whose husband was laid off and his wife was waiting for a kidney donation. I discussed this with my 10 year daughter and reminded her about the best giving is anonymous giving. We put $100.00 in a card, parked further down the street, put the card at the door, rang the bell and watched from a hiding place, as the mom had opened the door and got the card. We had signed it from Santa. All the way home we talked about what we thought the family must have thought. My daughter learned much and to this day, she is Santa’s secret helper to others all year long!

    • ShellyLPM

      My favorite childhood Christmas giving memory was when my family and I would take a wrapped gift put it on a strangers porch ring the doorbell and run. It was a great Christmas surprise for those in need.

    • lisner

      We decided to donate to a charity in the name of our nieces and nephews one Christmas. It has been a joy every year, that we know we are giving to others in their name. They now do the same thing for their other cousins/friends.

    • Lauren

      I love participating in Operation Christmas Child with my family!

    • Tee

      My best Christmas memory of giving was when my husband suddenly died in an accident and the students at the school where he worked took up a collection to buy my two children Christmas presents. This was the BEST gift anyone has done for us.

    • Donna35810

      When my son was small, he would go through his toys, clothing, etc, close to Christmas. Making sure that everything was still “nice” he packed it up & we would take it all, with food & a small tree to an immigrate farm family we knew. That instilled a sense of giving in him that, as a grown man today, he still has.

    • Karman

      We’ve changed from gift giving on my side to giving to a charity of our choice in honor of family. It’s a great way to celebrate and give back to others who are in need.

    • gale

      We had a new coworker with three little boys and zero money for Christmas. Five of us shopped for food enough for a special holiday dinner plus stocking pantry basics, wrapped toys for these delightful children, plus an envelope of cash for mom and dad. We waited until it was dark, put everything in boxes on their porch, rang the doorbell and ran like mad! It was thrilling, joyful, and full of the true Christmas spirit. Giving unselfishly to others links us directly to the love that came down from heaven on that first beautiful Christmas night.

    • Kfuls

      Seeing my nieces see the real reason when we first took them a few years ago to help us buy Angel Tree gifts. Now they ask each year what we are going to do to help people.

    • AndreaS

      Last year, my Sunday School class “adopted” a single mom and her son; the father passed away a few years ago, and unfortunately, he had no life insurance. The mom was struggling in many ways, and she did not have any money for Christmas. We all chipped in and purchased clothing and gifts for her and for her son. My kids and I also raided our two pantries (overstock thanks to couponing!) and put together 4 paper grocery bags full of food staples, laundry detergent and toiletries. It felt really good to know that all the work I put into couponing and saving money for my family, helped her little family tremendously.

    • Elizabeth

      My favorite memory was collecting money for a retired police officer who was disabled with ms and we had the entire swat team out there, built him a new wheelchair ramp, cut tree limbs down, redid his bathroom tile and added the handicapped accessible holds to the bathroom for him and painted over half the house. All of this was paid for by donations from my coworkers at the pd and myself and another co worker did all of the shopping and planning for all of the work done that day. It was absolutely overwhelming the love and support that was shown that day. We did so much in one day…we also put up a new mailbox for him and repaired all of the screens on his windows. Him and his wife had three kids and she was a school teacher trying to make ends meet. It was awesome!

    • My favorite giving memory was when I was a child and my mom and I volunteered to help serve food to the homeless in our town. It felt so good giving to them rather than getting something for myself.

    • Amy Brown

      One of my best Christmas memories of giving was the year that I was Christmas shopping with my third daughter and there was a child that saw a toy that she was begging her mother for. It was reasonable to assume that the mother couldn’t afford the gift. Both the mother and daughter didn’t appear to have a lot. I hate to say that because you just never know but sometimes you do know (if that makes any sense). My daughter saw the little girl really loving on the toy and being heartbroken about not being able to have it. My daughter asked if she could use her money to buy the toy for the girl. So as we were checking out we paid for the toy and told the cashier that the toy was for the girl and asked her to give it to her (with the mother’s permission) once we left. It was the best feeling ever and my daughter taught me a lesson that Christmas. It IS about the giving, and that you can make a huge impact with whatever you can afford to give.

    • Michael Shelnutt

      I remember giving my dad a staple gun and he cried- he didnt expect it and was happy to finally have one of his own so he wouldnt have to borrow from someone.

    • Debbie Hughes

      One of my favorite memories is being a teanager and knitting mittens and slippers for all 5 of my neices and nephews. Living in Maine at the time, winters were very snowy and the extra mittens came in real handy for them cause they loved playing in the snow everyday. My sister was a stay-at-home mom and she did not know how to knit. She loved it when I would make her children the mittens and slippers.

    • Heather Faith Easler-Stokes

      We adopt a family from our local DFCS each year to give them a Christmas. My husband is a teacher, and he always collects toys and money to donate to DFCS as well. Last year, they donated 60 bicycles on top of the three truckloads of toys. We hope to top that this year.

    • Laura Moffatt

      Giving toys to needy kids.

    • Aubrey

      I have always preferred giving someone a fantastic gift and watching their face light up when it’s something meaningful!

    • I really wish that I had more christmas memories of giving. But my favorite memory is going around the city I lived in and singing carols to people.

    • collecting toys and clothes to give to families. I loved seeing everyone come together to help those who needed it.

    • Katie S.

      One of my favorite Christmas memories that is ongoing is that every year I make bread or some other holiday treat for our neighbors, the kids put them in their wagon, and we deliver them door-to-door along with an invite to our church’s Christmas Eve program. I let the kids hand out the goodies, and they just love ministering to our neighborhood in this way!

    • I enjoy helping others, this year, I am donating to a womens home with their children, because most of them dont have alot money if any, and they are trying to better their lives for themselves and their kids.

    • Camiele

      Every year my family would volunteer to bring senior citizens gift baskets.

    • Jennifer

      One of my favorite memories, is when we served in Senegal, West Africa(a muslim country). We didn’t have the means or the opportunity to buy a lot for our children. As a family, we planned to bake and share those goodies with neighbors while sharing with them that we were celebrating the birth of our savior, Jesus Christ. Also, our boys set up a lemonade stand and gave away lemonade to the men on their way to mosque. They contructed a banner which read, “Bonne Anniversaire, Jesus Christ!” (happy birthday, Jesus Christ) We didn’t get a lot of material things but we were tremendously blessed.

    • Every year instead of buying gifts for all the Grand-kids my Grandma takes all of us on a shopping trip where she explains how important it is to give and help others. Then all of the children are given the opportunity to use the money they would normally get from Grandma to purchase a gift from the Angel Tree. It is so sweet to see how much joy these children get from knowing that they are helping another child have a wonderful Christmas. If you haven’t noticed my Grandma is the Bomb! :)

    • Melanie Nutter

      The best Christms giving memory I have is the one after my first husband passed away. My 3 boys an I found a store with an ‘Angel Tree’ and adopted a child. We each picked out a gift for this ‘Angel’ that might not have had a Christmas. We have continued this traditon for the past 27 Christmases. We now do it through our Church missions B.O.B.(Boxes of Blessings) project.

    • blessedwith2

      The first time my daughter started gathering her things to give away

    • heater1212

      I’ve come to love Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes. My boys each make a boy’s box that is in their age range (5 & 3). It’s so much fun filling those boxes with special items that my boys love and pick out. They’re learning a lot about the true meaning of Christmas.

    • Spldrtn70″

      My mother left me with a great love of everything Christmas. My favorite was the year we helped a family that lost everything they owned just weeks before the holidays. We chose to return some of the gifts we were to receive to allow our budget to buy for this family. We were able to take not only a wonderful Christmas meal to this family but also the children didn’t have to go without gifts. It truly is better to give than to receive……. I love watching the joy and excitement on people’s faces as we deliver gifts each year. I hope to pass down the love of giving to my son.

    • Karen

      One year at work we bought gifts for a family that were raising their 5 grandchildren instead of for each other.

    • MrsBob

      Watching my son discover the joy of giving while shopping for items to fill a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child.

    • jasgirl30@yahoo.com

      My favorite memory of Christmas giving was a few years ago when my husband and I gave his aunt and uncle a real Christmas tree They could not afford one and his aunt really loves live trees It was very special

    • savdxgrace

      we added up the receipts that we spent on our family and gave that amount to a missionary family. it was such a blessing!

    • WC08

      Last year I got the opportunity to help wrap gifts after some local children did Shop With A Cop. It was amazing seeing how selfless the kids were, purchasing gifts for family members rather than themselves!

    • April V

      I’ll always remember growing up going to a retirement home with my church with gifts for the men and women there, and singing carols to them!

    • Christie

      My group of students when I was an RA collected items and donated them to a family at Christmas. It was amazing to see the gratitude on the faces of the family members! No words were necessary!

    • Emily Farmer

      Would love to have this book by Dave. Love all his books. My boys need to learn the real meaning of CHRISTmas so maybe this books will help hear about giving through someone else voice instead of mine.

    • MaryW

      Packing shoe boxes for Samaritan’s Purse each year!

    • Randy

      Giving to the kettle for the Salvation Army.

    • Lana

      One Christmas our daughter tucked an envelope in the Christmas tree. We opened it on Christmas morning to find a picture of a little girl who she had “adopted” for Christmas. The note said that she knew we had everything we needed so she took the money she might have spent on us and spent in on the little girl to help provide Christmas for someone in need.

    • justine0529

      I “adopted” a family with my then 8 year old niece…the family was a single mom and her 8 year old daughter. My niece and I shopped for all the fixings for a Chistmas dinner. My niece picked out items she had wanted for Christmas for the 8 year old girl and aske each of our family members to buy one of the gifts for the girl rather than for her…we all did. My niece and I recieved a wonderful thank you note from the little girl and the mom and we still have them and display them every Christmas. We also continue our “family adoption” every year. My niece is now 22 years old. It was such a wonderful experience for both of us and instilled the true meaning of Christmas in all of our family members.

    • kakkilea

      My best Christmas memory of giving was as a child my mother got together some things and took them to a local orphanage for Christmas. Of. Course she took me with her to deliver the gifts.

    • Kristin

      My husband and I were able to volunteer at a hospice organization every Christmas Eve for several years. The time slot was always open and one that we truly enjoyed filling each year.

    • lalajane5

      last year my two wonderful children decided to choose 3 special gifts they had recieved for themselves for Christmas to give to the children at our local Childrens hospital! my boys made this decision themselves!! i am a very proud mother of a 5 and 7 yr old! :)

    • Heather

      My husband & I gave the money we were going to spend on each other to a family with 3 young children in need so they could buy presents for them.

    • JGonzalez

      Our favorite memory of giving rather than receiving was when we helped a local ministry deliver toys and food to families in a nearby migrant farmer camp. We were able to share with each family in their native language as well, since we speak Spanish as well. What a blessing – we needed no other gift that year!

    • Tess Botelho

      Would love to win! <3 Dave Ramsey! So my favorite memory of giving was when we picked three needy families to 'Secret Santa' shop for. My girls were so excited to pick out presents for the other children. We bought each child an item from their "need" and "want" list.

    • shamn75

      A few years ago work family “adopted” a family through a program sponsored through our company. We received a wish list of the children and parents and provided Christmas presents of clothing and toys for them.

    • Judy

      At church, about a month before Christmas an offering was collected. Then, they handed out envelopes to the congregation. The church had returned the offering to us. The envelopes had different amounts $100, $50, or $20. and there was one that had $500. They told us to go and give it somebody in our town, who needed it. So, we sent some to an elderly lady in our neighberhood and the rest we gave to a lady working at a fast food place in the drive-thru. We never knew her before. She seemed really sad so my husband and I decided she was the one. She was so surprised and greatful.

    • Mel

      We have what we need (and a small apartment) so every Christmas I ask for donations to Heifer international. I have been ‘given’ chickens, bees and part of a goat.

    • Carie

      I loved giving my stuff to people in Haiti when I went around Christmas time. Presents of shoes and clothes that were really appreciated.

    • I love do Operation Christmas Child with my kids.

    • I love doing Operation Christmas Child with my kids each year.

    • Nate

      We brought dinner and gave money for gifts for one of my mother’s friends who was a widow. Warms my heart whenever I think about it. We did this for a number of years.

    • Katy

      I loved buying gifts for my siblings. We did a gift exchange every year.

    • Jodi

      Some of the first gifts I purchase are for angels of all ages. I usually end up buying for three or four because it is hard to pass it up. I also try to purchase a meal for a family in need.

    • Mary Lee

      My favorite Christmas memory is when my sweet boy was having chemo for a brain tumor ….. it is bittersweet, but I know for the first time every, each of us understood the “true” meaning of Christmas ….. couldn’t even telll you the gifts we had that year, but I remember the time we all spent together…. we would drive around and look at the lights, we went shopping for the other children at the hospital …. it was a hard year, but the memories are a treasure. Hope I win this book, but will still head out to buy for our family ….. can share the other one if I win ….. thanks for all you do!

    • Jo

      My favorite memory is of the angel tree and buying gifts for others

    • tammy

      i would love for my daughter to be able to read this book. She is a very good kid with a big heart. The boyfriend she has chosen, has not had a fair shake in life, because he has no family support. He is seventeen and tells my daughter how shocked he is the way her mom and dad and brothers support her. For he has never had anyone care about what happens to him. My daughter not only tries to look out for him but also, his two siblings.

      Every year my job sponors a angel tree for kids who do not get Christmas gifts. This year i am going to have my daughter do the shopping for my gift to give to that one special little angel. She is so excited about doing this. Also, every fall my job has what the call stuff the bus.. They get a local school bus and park it on premises, enabling
      the staff to stuff the bus with pencils, paper, pens, crayons, hand sanitizer, kleenex, etc. This is another way we can help our little angels.

    • bebe

      Not as heart warming as everyone else, but I love giving gifts that are a surprise (because they forgot they mentioned it to me) and those that are impossible to hide. Two years ago I surprised my family with a Stand Up Paddle board. Instead of wrapping the board up I took pictures of a friend holding the paddle, me holding the board, and the handle options in a box. They saw the picture of my friend holding the paddle and thought it was a paddle to replace the one for our hand-me-down kayak. As they looked at me, I was still smiling and looked back at the box. They went back in and found the picture of me holding the paddle board. Pure delight. Too bad it was December, but the board barely got a break that summer.

    • ChristyG

      Giving my cousin a gift card because she was in need at the time of some groceries. It’s a great feeling to help others when they are going through a rough patch.

    • When we were taking applications for the Empty Stocking Fund we took an application from a single Mother with a 2 year old that captured our hearts. My husband and I talked it over and called the Mother to ask if we could buy Christmas for her son. We had the best time picking out toys and clothes and then bringing the wrapped gifts to the Mother!

    • Simply Shannon

      Definitely serving lunch to a local boys’ home last Christmas.

    • Before we moved 4 years ago, every Christmas Eve me and my daughters would go with their dance studio to the Homeless Shelter and feed them breakfast. We would also take them blankets, warm clothes, gloves, etc., to help them. Also, gave them shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, soap and things like that. I miss that now because we are traveling on the holidays now. I think it taught my girls a lot…

    • Sarah

      I like to shop for the Angel tree kids and my kids fill shoe boxes for operation Christmas child.

    • Sabrina

      My favorite Christmas memory of giving happened a few years ago when my sisters, parents, nephew and nieces all chipped in to buy my grandma gifts she never expected, rocking chair, new outfits, and other everyday items she didn’t think she could afford on her own.

    • Sean

      My wife and I save money and raise money every year to give bicycles to kids in our community. Last Christmas we gave away 260!

    • I remember the first time we chose an angel off the tree and gave to the family. We have made it a tradition every year to do so.

    • Melissa Bywalski

      I have given and donated lots of everything, money, food, toys, clothes for many years, not just around the holidays, but all year round, especially with couponing, Nothing has ever left me feeling better than this. It wasnt so much about giving presents, specifically. I was in college and a Resident Assistant, semi in charge of a floor of young women, most all of them were freshmen. Everyone despised each other. There were fights and arguments and everything was exceptionally negative, no matter how hard I and my co-RA tried, the were just all miserable. So I did the only thing I hoped would work. I decorated the entire floor for Christmas when everyone left for Thanksgiving break. The girls came back from break to endless lights, garland, Christmas Billboards about goodwill and peace on earth, a 7 foot tree in the breakroom. We also did a floor Holiday door decorating contest so they could get into the spirit of the season. Everything was calm and peaceful for studying and finals for 1 full month. The change in the attitude of the women and the feeling of the floor was truly amazing.

    • Rebecca Bishop

      Several years ago I went with a few friends to go caroling at strangers houses shortly before Christmas. I thought it would be embarrassing but it ended up being so much fun to see the smiles on the faces of unsuspecting strangers. :-)

    • mo2sc

      A few weeks ago I introduced my young children to the Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes. After watching the DVD, they couldn’t wait to go shopping for items to fill the boxes. They really got into it and talked about how much they hope the receiver would like their gift. My kids continue to mention how fortunate they are to have the things they have, truly realizing the joy of giving.

    • Christina

      I remember when I was in 6th grade and got some pretty cool presents from family members early. There was this girl in our class who was really poor, and I knew she might not even have one Christmas present to open on Christmas morning. I took a couple of my best gifts, re-wrapped them up, and gave her a hand-made card “to my friend.” She cried and was so happy. I cried when I found out her Christmas would’ve been worse than I thought! I think I got the best gift of all that Christmas… the joy of giving and peace at heart!

    • anna_kathleen

      One year, my family did Meals on Wheels on Christmas morning… it was a wonderful experience!

    • My favorite Christmas memory of giving was when my family went in to support a local family in need to make sure that they had Christmas to celebrate!

    • My family always tried to do the Angel cards (where you pick a needy child’s name off of a card on a christmas tree and give them presents). It is a tradition that my husband and I carry on today. I would love to read Dave Ramsey’s book. I have one of his adult books and we find its advice invaluable, if sometimes hard to swallow!

    • mommawith3

      Every Christmas, my children and I get most of their old toys together and take them to a women’s shelter. I think it teaches the kids to be greatful and caring.

    • Karen

      When I was teaching in Florida, we decided to make gifts for a family that had small girls. One of the school parents volunteered to help the students make a frilly dress for each of the girls. Then at our Christmas Program, which was about Giving, we gave the girls the wrapped gifts. We were so blessed!

    • Several years ago, I made 2 gifts for my mom for Christmas…one was a photo album of Christmas’ past (pictures dating back to when me and my sister were young, then adding holiday pics of our kids too), I also made a finger paint picture of the grandkids hands and framed it. These were a big hit and had my mom crying all morning.

    • Kerry

      My kids love to do the Operation Christmas Child boxes. We also like to give gifts from the samaritans purse catalog, like a goat to a village and that kind of thing.

    • Lots of favorite memories of Christmas giving. As a teenager my church always adopted a family and we got to go shopping for them with money we raised every year. Now as an adult I find myself looking for something like this to do with my lil ones.

    • jean

      my favorite christmas memory was participating in giving to foster kids

    • Stephanie McCann

      I enjoyed helping at Country Santa during the holiday season for kids to have Christmas gifts on Christmas Eve.

    • My favorite Christmas memory of giving is giving life to my only child. A son and name sake to his father. That was three years ago but it will last a lifetime. That is all my husband wanted and it is a gift that keeps on giving year after year because my husband loves him so much.

    • HollyBP

      I’d love to share this book and the spirit of giving with my son…

    • Wayne

      My favorite thing I did a few years ago was help a family that both parents had been laid off ! I had a coworker donate 100 dollars. Instead of giving the money, I shopped for 3 weeks and purchased them more than 400 dollars in food and supplies. They were thrilled and had a good Christmas.

    • Karen

      The best Christmas Ever would be an awesome gift for my grandson. I could read to him and ask him about his best Christmas yet. Thanks

    • Sarah Landers

      I love making operation Christmas child boxes with my siblings every year!

    • kathyk

      Love the looks on my kids faces every year — priceless.

    • Jessica

      I remember giving gifts to families in need when we were younger with my family. THankful to be able to help those in need.

    • MamaCof3

      Donations to needy children at the school where I teach

    • Sonja Renee’ Ahuja

      I love seeing my son, nieces and nephews open their presents. It means so much to me. More than the presents I get!

    • amy

      This is a great way to teach kids the joy of saving and living debt free. Great to start them young! My favorite Christmas memory of giving was paying for the groceries of a mom soldier at Kroger last year. She was in her uniform at the checkout and didn’t have enough to pay for her purchases so I paid for everything. It was an incredible feeling for me and her. She gave me the biggest hug!

    • mburgess6

      We always buy gifts for the Angel Tree at church (for children of people in prison) even though I can barely pay for gifts and dinner for our family. My children get very excited about it every year.

    • bakingwithheart

      I remember when my nieces and nrphews went to our local nursing home and gave out Christmas gifts and needed items to friends of my Grandmother’s who also resided there. We sang and enjoyed everyones company.

    • ClariceC

      We love putting together Operation Christmas Child boxes each year. My kids love picking out presents and filling the boxes!!

    • jen

      Every year we pick an angel from the tree. This year my daughter can participate.

    • Gathering stuff for Operation Christmas Child with my kids!!!!!

    • biedentm

      I come from a big family so in order to keep costs down at Christmas we would pick one name out of a hat. However last year we decided that we really have everything that we need so instead of doing a gift exchange we adopted a family in our community and delivered the presents on Christmas Eve. I will never forget the smiles on their faces!

    • Karen

      Just finiszhed Financial Peace at our church…life changing teaching. We are so richly blessed it is a joy to see opportunities to give to others each day.

    • collinsbrad

      Operation Christmas Child and the Angel Tree at church

    • Michelle C

      My favorite giving memory is when some when some close friends came home from the mission field and I wanted to give them some money. But money was getting tight, so I asked God to send some unexpected money for me to give to them. Within a couple of days, I received a refund from a doctor I had seen a couple of years earlier. It was for exactly the amount I had thought of giving them. It felt so good to be a blessing to my friends.

    • One year I bought several children presents from an angel Christmas tree.. I wish I could still do such a thing but it warmed my heart knowing they would be getting gifts that year!

    • Tricia

      My favorite “giving” Christmas memory: Every year, our school collected canned goods at Christmas time. My Dad would take us to our local grocery store, and -even though money was tight- he would give each of us $10 to spend on the canned food drive. At the time, I loved trying to get as much as possible for $10 to donate. Now, however, I love to think of how my dad was teaching us to be generous- even if we didn’t seem to have much to spare.

    • momx2

      Every year my kids pick angel tree ornaments for a boy and girl their same ages. It is wonderful to have them pick out items for a child.

    • Carissa

      my mom raised us to always donate a toy to the needy kids at Christmas. I am now raising my kids to do the same

    • Robin wood Dougherty

      A few years ago my brand new husband and all of. Our kids 5 of them. Took the time to but soap razors etc in individual bags and delivered them to a homeless shelter. It was precious to watch them give. We now as a family each year decide what we are going to give this year they all voted to do it again and then help serve dinner to these precious people.

    • My best christmas was when my brothers family and ours adopted an angel off the angel tree instead of giving each other gifts.

    • JessicaH

      My favorite is my Niece’s first Christmas. She had tons of toys all around from the whole family. But I had given her a collection of books as well. She picked up a book from the from the pile of toys and goodies all around, brought it to me, and sat in my lap so that I could read it to her. I didn’t even know if she would like books at that age but we must have read the book 20 times that night!

    • christine

      I have currently adopted a little elementary kid to feed. Every weekend I will pack a back pack for this little one to eat something over the weekend. Every year we give to little ones in need.

    • Charlene

      I like to give some of my boy’s used toys to kids in need. Hopefully this teaches them a valuable lesson in sharing and helping those in need.

    • holmiemom

      My favorite memory is of spending the evening with my sister wrapping presents for children from the Angel tree last year.

    • Greta

      When I was about 9yrs old I rode with my mother and aunt to give food and toys to people in need. It showed me how good giving could make you feel.

    • Kevin and Angela Dormer

      My children love to take candy canes and share the story of Jesus in the Candy Cane story as we hand them out at Christmas. Love these Dave Ramsey books for my kids!

    • Donna

      Last year Our family made a huge dinner for the receiving crew at Operation Christmas Child. My children sat and ate dinner with them. Great evening!

    • suzu

      My favorite Christmas was several years back, I made hand made gifts for everyone in my family. I made stockings with their names for everyone at the plant where I work, I went in early and hung them by their machines. Some people still use them every year.
      I try to watch for people in need through out the year, sometimes it’s just giving a single mom a break from her kids. I get to teach them something crafty.

    • My fav. christmas memories of giving are a family tradition of giving to a child from the Angel Tree program. Every year my son picks out the angel and helps pick out the presents to give.

    • Kristen Rosengrant Faircloth

      I love that my kids have started to understand that they get so much more out of giving their toys to those in need rather than getting new things for themselves.

    • Bird6

      Helping underpriveleged school kids have something extra for Christmas.

    • alissa

      This is the first year 2 of our boys are old enough to fully participate in Operation Christmas Child. It has been such a joy teaching them about other children who have real needs.

    • Mary

      Giving to the Salvation Army bell ringer.

    • Marilyn Crisp

      There was a single mother in our church with 3 kids. We bought them gifts, wrapped them up and put them in their car anonymously while they were in church. Another year we left them on their porch when they weren’t home. Our kids helped with the whole thing and we loved knowing we had helped them, surprised them and shown them love.

    • Nicole

      When I was a young gal, I would take a local man who was homeless a meal during our Thanksgiving dinner…he was always at the Post Office and was always thankful

    • s.covington004

      This year, we packed up 7 shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. It is/was a great feeling knowing at 7 children will get great shoeboxes filled with lots of goodies. We also like to donate to animal shelters around this time of year. To often, people forget about the 4 legged fgriends that need to eat too!

    • Thia

      I once closed an acct because I knew it wasn’t balanced…in the end there was an additional 500.00 I never logged in! I took the money and bought my much younger sisters everything on their list! What an awesome feeling to see them glowing at how great Santa was to them this year! Like ss on fb. I’ve never seen this book but love the description. Sounds wonderful

    • jillycoupon

      Giving out food at Christmas before we ate our meal was always a humbling experience

    • braxton6pack

      Every year we try to do something for those less fortunate than us. Over the years, we have given food, money, clothing, etc. to many charities, families and shelters. It was just something that we did and explained to our children about giving. I guess I never really thought much about it UNTIL, my family and I were on the receiving end of this kind of charity. It has been a tough few years for my husband, our 4 kids and myself and 2 yrs ago we realized that Christmas wouldn’t be the same. It was very hard for me to ask for help from the people that were offering it. I was embarassed and ashamed. Since that Christmas, I have changed the way we do Christmas and it has become more about giving to others in our TIME and MONEY and less about what we get on Christmas morning. Of course my kids don’t get all of the latest techno gadgets but they get gifts they want and like and most importantly, they feel good about giving to others and knowing that we have helped someone else have a MERRY CHRISTMAS!

    • We went to a homeless shelter for kids and moms when i was a kid to give christmas gifts. i want to do it again with my son.

    • Jess84

      We’ve all been falling on some hard times lately, so, last year instead of adults buying presents in my immediate family we went with all home made. After making my family’s gifts, my 9 year old was so enthused about making others happy with thoughtful gifts that she wanted to make gifts for everyone!

    • lenna

      When I was 11, my best friend’s house burnt 3 days before Christmas. They lost everything and all the presents. I told my mother that I wanted to give her my presents so that she wouldn’t have a bad Christmas. I didn’t have anything under the tree, but it made her so happy. Tha’ts the best Christmas of giving I can ever remember.

    • heather w.

      Last year I started a tradition with my then 5 year old son. We went to an angel tree and picked out two kids. One boy, one girl. I let him pick out everything for the two children. The idea of enjoyment this child had being kind to others truely put me into a holiday spirit….

    • Ashley CW

      I always like giving time to the community by helping others serve meals. It’s a great feeling to be able to help others in need.

    • Vonda

      I think the best gift to give to everyone is to take them to church with you so they can find out the true meaning of Christmas and meet the Saviour. Without Jesus we would have NO “CHRIST’mas.

    • About 5 years ago I wasn’t married and had no children of my own. I also was living on a strict paycheck to paycheck life. Money was tight, and I couldn’t afford much. I had a sister and her 4 kids who lived a couple hours away who couldn’t even buy food for Christmas dinner. So with the little money I had, I bought food for them and drove it to them. I didn’t get a single present that year, but I still remember it as one of my favorite Christmas’.

    • frances

      Pur family does give to others in some very nice ways, but I wanted to share something we have done with our children. Instead of emphasizing the “Wish List” mentality, we all go through our stuff and donate many items pror to the start of the Christmas season, with an eye not just for items we no longer want or need but with the intent to “Bless others” (and when they were younger to “make room for the presents to come”). I was always impressed when our children surrendered things that they still treasured.

    • Kim

      In general I just love giving gifts than receiving them. I don’t have any one favorite memory.

    • Annie

      I remember when I was 15 my Mom had been involved with a church group teaching some Chinese ladies how to speak English. She found out that one of the ladies’ husband had just passed away so she invited her & her 2 small children to spend Christmas with us. As a family we all voted to give up our Christmas gifts amongst each other to provide a Christmas for her and her 2 children. You should have seen their faces on Christmas morning! They were so surprised! It made us all feel so good! Play it forward folks, it will come back to you tri-fold later in life!

    • Kaye

      One year instead of buying for others at work we called our local Department of Human Resources and requested a family to sponsor. It was a blessing knowing that we really made a difference in someones Christmas.

    • LakeMom

      I once had a History student whose house burned down in November, so his had family moved into an apartment. While the class helped me to decorate my classroom, S– mentioned that he was sad because his family lost their Christmas decorations in the fire. His mother said that I could drop off something for them when I called her. I got an ornament box with an old map of the world and filled it up with some of my family’s ornaments, tinsel and candy canes. S– and his brother were thrilled, and his mother got teary-eyed. Best present that I ever gave to anyone :)

    • Mrsfreeze09

      Previously, every year my family would try to go to our local department of family children and services and grab names of boys and girls that had Christmas wish list: some just wanted pants, shoes, a jacket to stay warm….how heart breaking to know that people are wanting what they need not wanting something that was not simply because it was the new gadget out like an IPod or Tablet. Upon giving we would include toys, stocking, and other gifts just to give a little extra…..knowing someone else has needs we can meet should not only be around Thanksgiving or Christmas but year around!

    • kady123456

      I love to go above and beyone when it comes to giving. For Christmas last year I moved my mom back to FL from our West.

    • Melissa Sweet

      We found out through a local radio station that a single mom wasn’t able to provide for her family for Christmas. My family and coworkers worked together to not only provide gifts for the family but their Christmas dinner as well. It was a joy to surprise the mom at work with all of the goodies. It ranks close to the top as one of my most favorite Christmas memories.

    • Ash

      We continue to make great memories giving shoe boxes with Operation Christmas Child every year.

    • prowell

      Our family sponsored a family whose father was in prison for abuse. Six children, one with special needs, and a mother in a tiny trailer without a refrigerator. The kids were so excited to receive bikes, clothes, and toys under their tree. When we got home and looked under our tree my daughter said we should have given more. It was a moment when I knew my children knew the true meaning of Christmas.

    • bryn

      Every year we try to teach our kids that Christmas isn’t only about getting but it is more about giving… So this year we are going to be giving to 2 schools in Haiti where $5 pays for a child to eat for a month and $200 pays for a teacher for a month.

    • Tina

      Every Christmas as a child, my church would put up a Christmas tree with paper ornaments for people to take. Each ornament represented a child in need, and each had an age written on it. I remember my parents taking a few ornaments off the tree every year to buy presents for those children. I saw what my parents were doing and I did the same. It felt great to give, and my child will learn to do the same.

    • Jamie Moore

      Last Year, at the time my 3 year old and my 7 year old took money out of there piggy bank. The older one helped the younger one. They both came to me said ” momma we got money we wanna go buy some toys” I said “why you will get plenty for christmas ” the older one said I wanna get the kids that don’t have any toys some toys. While this came up I to explain to the younger one the gift of giving. We went to the store and the kids picked out some toys and and now it is time to give the toys away the younger one says but I wanna keep this toy so here I go again telling him why he and his brother decided to buy and give some toys to other kids so while we was at the donation box he finally decides to put the toy in the box and he came up to me and said I hope some little boy like me gets this toy. I love my boys they help me and everyone else.

    • Alison

      Before staying at home with my children I worked for Hospice as a social worker. The last Christmas that I worked there, we teamed up with a local restaurant and delivered Christmas presents and food to about 10 of our neediest families. Each patient was able to tell us who they wanted to “shop” for and what they wanted to buy.

    • SueK

      This year will be my favorite memory of Christmas. A couple in our church went to a very poor area of Kentucky and said they have nothing up there. So our church has decided to help them by getting clothes, shoes, food and toys to them for Christmas. So they can have a good Christmas at least this year.

    • Melissa

      My church “adopted” a family of four sisters from a local children’s home. We braved Black Friday to get bicycles they wanted. We were able to get everything on their wish lists and more.

    • I always enjoyed our church growing up. The middle school kids would buy gifts and the high school kids would buy groceries and we would take them to a family in need.

    • Rebecca

      We always left Christmas presents under the tree for Santa to take to families that needed a little extra help

    • jessicaenggren

      Spending time with family

    • My teenage daughter and I went to Operation Christmas Child and packed boxes for a day. Very memorable time with my daughter!

    • apostolicfaithupc

      Our church runs vans picking up kids for Sunday School. Every year we help a family or two that doesnt have much and make sure they have christmas. clothes, toys, groceries etc. a gift for the parents too. started doing this as a teen now my kids are helping do it too.

    • Shala

      One year, growing up, we all piled in the car, drove to the grocery store and picked out food for a Christmas dinner. Then we delivered it to a family in need. It was great to see their faces and know we had helped someone.

    • beth

      His books have changed our lives for the better and I’m sure this one will also. It’s all about remembering it’s about Jesus’ birth, that he is our savior, and that we need to be more like him everyday of the year.

    • Marie

      Every year we take a child from the Angel tree at work and try to buy everything that child wanted. It’s really a great feeling knowing a child doesn’t have to be without gifts on Christmas morning.

    • Jen

      Thank you for selecting me as one of your winners! Just as I finished up making the 264 Santa hats and took them to my neighbor, I got the email! I am so excited and I hope the recipients of our snowmen families enjoy them!