Are you looking for that “special something” to tuck into a loved one’s Christmas stocking?
A priceless gift that costs nearly nothing but will have meaning long after the Christmas season has passed?
Last Christmas, I found such a gift wrapped in my stocking.
What was this amazing gift? It was a stack of handwritten cards from my exceedingly thoughtful daughter.
The top card said: “Momma, knowing you, the best gift I could give you is words of affirmation. 🙂 So in honor of our 21st Christmas together, here are 21 reasons why I love you…Merry Christmas! (I could do a million more)”
What followed were some of the most amazing, humbling and encouraging words a mother could ever hope to receive.
Some of my favorites include:
#1: “You’re taught me to love Jesus and shown me what that looks like. Because of you, I know grace, hope, joy. I know Jesus.”
#5: “You’ve always encouraged me to follow my dreams, even if they’re crazy.”
#11: “You like to bust a move.”
#16: “You’re funny.”
#19: “You faithfully pray for me. (I won’t even really know the value of that until Heaven.”)
As you can imagine, I have kept this stack of cards nearby throughout this past year. And I’ve looked through them often…especially on the days when life is especially hard and I’m feeling dry and lonely and in need of encouragement.
Who in your life could benefit from such a stocking stuffer? Your spouse? Your child? Your parent? Your sibling?
All it takes is a little thought, a stack of cards, and a pen.
There’s no magic about the number of cards. The magic is in the sincere words of affirmation. In saying: “Your life matters. You make a different in my life. I am so grateful. And here’s why.”
What a beautiful, loving gift. I hope you’ll be inspired to create this for someone you love.