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Relational Gift Giving by orchardblog
December 5, 2007, 6:20 pm
Filed under: The Orchard

GiftSome of my favorite Christmas memories are NOT gifts I received, but times shared with my family. When I was young, my mom used to allow us to invite a friend over…we’d have a fire, drink hot chocolate, she’d do everyone’s hair and take pictures. Another year we all went to see a Christmas movie, then we spent time talking about it afterwards. One favorite memory is when our neighbors came over and built a snowfort with us in the back yard. Why were these experiences so powerful? They are examples of Relational Gift Giving.

Tonight at The Orchard’s First Wednesday service we talked about Relational Gift Giving. The idea is that instead of just giving a gift off of the store shelf, you invest yourself into the gift… you give a gift that only YOU could give. A gift that far outlasts the credit card bill, and leaves memories that stretch for generations!

In fact, at First Wednesday we handed out a helpful tool to facilitate Relational Gift Giving… a worksheet to help you brainstorm Relational Gift Giving opportunities, with a list of ideas on the back. Click on the link below to download that handout.

I hope that you take this handout, work through it as a family, and then set aside some time to Relationally Give Gifts this Christmas season. Imagine how you and your family’s lives will be changed as you pour into each others lives, and the lives of your other significant relationships, this Christmas.

AC RGG Handout



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Thanks for posting this. I’ve just started brainstorming relational gift-giving presents, and this was helpful!

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