The Most Important Gift...

Christmas is almost here, as I think back on my favorite gifts from years past...I can't remember any! More stuff is not my favorite gift...because I can't even remember what I have gotten from year to year!

My husband has spoiled me with all sorts of beautiful things...but honestly, I don't remember what I got for Christmas 2008.

So with that in mind we are not giving gifts...other than the most important gift of all...ourselves.

I saved all of his "love" email/ letters from our year of dating and I put them in a special box.

On my birthdays I ask for a love letter. And now with my no more stuff mantra I am receiving what I really want...and that is his expression of love for me in the form of a love letter for Christmas.

I can go back through the box and read the progression of our romance, flush with intoxication and now after five years, a deeper enduring love, with the punctuation of life's journey through ups and downs, our bond has tied us tightly together.

Letters are becoming a thing of the past in our email age. If you get an email from your loved ones that is endearing, print it out and save it in a special box.

I encourage you to write a love letter to those you love. They will have your words forever and they mean so much more than a gift that you won't remember next year!

PS -- We also have a tradition of going out to dinner, just the two of us on Christmas eve.
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