10 Totally Free Christmas Gift Ideas!

If you’re lacking creative Christmas gift ideas, I’ve got ten to share. And the best part is, they’re all free!

  1. A smile

The Covid19 pandemic has caused anxiety, depression and feelings of isolation for millions around the world. Pay special attention to those around you this holiday season. A genuine smile is often the best way to say Merry Christmas, and to brighten someone’s day. Granted, most of us are wearing masks and smiles are hard to see. But I think folks can still see the twinkle in our eyes when we offer a genuine smile. There are of course times we won’t be wearing a mask, when folks can benefit even more from our heartfelt smiles 😀 “Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love” (Mother Teresa).


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Dog Mom Reflections on the Power of Kindness

Look at that sweet face!

My adorable poodle is giving me the “Pleeease give me some of your food” look . . . and of course, I will oblige.

Dogs, with their loving expressions and gentle nature can make almost anyone’s heart melt. Even the hardest heart is swayed by their kind nature. What if we took a hint from our furry friends and tried a little bit harder to be gentle and kind?

Acts of kindness, in word and deed are extremely positive and powerful. But we will only ever see the power revealed when we can say— “Kindness begins with me.”

Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate.

Albert Schweitzer

You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.

Ancient Proverb

Kind words are like honey—sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.

Proverbs 16:24
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You Will Never Look at Someone that God Does Not Love [Christian Motivation]

You will never look at someone that God does not love. Always be kind!

“And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.” Luke 6:31

“Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.” Proverbs 12:25

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” Colossians 3:12

“From a wise mind comes wise speech; the words of the wise are persuasive. Kind words are like honey — sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.” Proverbs 16:23-24

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Don’t Take the Bait! [Strong Christian Encouragement]

To my brothers and sisters in the Lord:

During my prayer time this morning I felt like I heard this question in my spirit—


If you had a common enemy, would you not stand against him?


That got me thinking about the widening political divide. We cannot be ignorant of the devils schemes. We have a common enemy— the devil! And he’s baiting us into war! People are not our enemy, the devil is. Hear God’s Word:


“Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8).

“Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”—Ephesians 6:11-12

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The Greeting [A Dog Lovers Poem by Joen Noeldechen]

Photo by Raquel Garcia

The Greeting

I open the door.
You are already
bounding to the door
with a wagging tail,
flashing teeth,
and four prancing paws.
Your healing power dissolves
the most difficult day
from memory.
A cold nose
and warm kisses
trigger a child’s laughter
from my heart.
I am a better human
for having you
in my life.

— Joan Noëldechen

Recommend reading: A Tail Wagging Greeting! [Inspiring short story from: Pawz & Pray, Finding Joy in the Journey with God, Family, and Furry Friends! 130 Inspiring Stories and Devotions for Dog Lovers.]

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