Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas. (Peg Bracken, late American author)

When we think about the gifts we want to give at Christmas, we quite often consider material things like clothes, toys, gadgets, and much more. But, as Bracken suggests, it’s the intangible gifts that may have the greatest impact of lasting value. Spending time with the people you care about, showing affection and concern—such gifts are of inestimable value.

Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver (2 Corinthians 9:7).