We have all heard the expression this time of year that  "It is better to give than to receive" and we've probably all said it before too, with varying degrees of conviction. But have you ever wondered about the source of that observation?

A google search quickly reveals its Biblical parentage in the book of Acts, Chapter 20, Verse 35.

 "I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive." (King James Version):

We often say that to kids when they don't get what they wanted most as appeasement but hopefully, most of us have truly experienced the goodness of giving when we have chosen the perfect gift for just the right person and their gratitude is deep and real.  What an amazing feeling  This year, after the pandemic ravaged 2020, more of us are looking for the feeling that comes from giving.

As families look to reconnect with their loved ones during this Christmas season, two-thirds agree that spending quality time with family is more important than presents. Nearly seven in 10 Americans are more excited to give gifts than receive them this year, according to a new poll.

The survey, conducted by OnePoll, asked  "What makes the season so joyful?"

 68% more eager to give than receive

57% also look forward to giving more gifts this year

52% think sharing gifts is the reason for the season.

45% of millennial respondents loved using snail mail to send their season's greetings

78%) plan on breaking out the tried-and-true family traditions

68% also plan on trying out brand-new traditions this year.

Instead of gifts, some people are asking family and friends people to watch certain movies or TV shows they know they'll love so they can discuss them and quote them in the future.  It's a gift that keeps on giving and is great when the budget is tight. What do you think?

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