I usually wait ’til January 6th – the twelfth day of Christmas – to take down the tree and lights and pack away the decorations. I like to enjoy them as long as possible (That’s why they were up by the first of December).
This is also the time that we put the gifts away. New clothes are unpackaged and laundered. Jewellery is worn. Books are read. There may still be some chocolates to be eaten.
We may have been lucky and received more than we need. What do you do with the gifts you won’t use?
You might share them with friends and family who may make better use of them. It’s one of the season’s minor moral dilemmas.
The one who gave you a gift put some thought and time into thinking of you, taking the time to buy or make it and going to the trouble of giving it to you before Christmas. We have to be gracious in receiving each gift. It doesn’t feel right to pass that gift to someone else as if you gave the same thought, time and expense.
Maybe we should append a special tag to those special gifts. “This is a gift graciously given to me by a friend, but I thought you would make better use of it than I.” In the process, we grant the regiftee the freedom to pass the gift forward to someone more in need.
This is not unlike a chain letter, but it’s better if the chain regifting stops at some point and the gift is enjoyed to it’s fullest (and all that good will comes to fruition).
Tomorrow: The special gifts we ought to give forward.