The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Gifts with meaning

This is just the short list of what one staff member at The Lutheran found in her closet of Christmas past: china figurines that don't fit her family's decorating tastes, gaudy Christmas sweaters, an array of ugly neckties, and — not exactly a partridge in a pear tree — a dancing hamster statue.

She is afraid to display them and would never re-gift them. What if the givers ask about them? And we feel for the givers — it's tough to find the right present for those who appear to have all they need. That's why some ask others to give to favorite organizations and people in greater need.

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