We're just four days away from Christmas and a lot of us will be frantically running around trying to scoop up last minute presents. How much thought will really go into each of these gifts? Are we just going to cave in and get a gift card or the old standby, pajamas?!

No doubt, often times these last gifts we get are for the friends and family who are tough to buy for. They might just "have it all" as we say. Or they're the type of person who can afford to get what they want, when they want it.

I heard a great story last weekend at church about a man who was coaching his son's field hockey team. It was a private school and kids were decked out in the latest, greatest gear from head to toe. The inner city team they were up against, not so much. Ragged, hand-me-down uniforms with antiquated gear to boot. Many of the kids were learning the game for the first time. It was a rough go for the inner city school. But they played their hearts out in defeat. After the game the coach decided he wanted to do something for those kids. He rounded up some funds from his family and friends and anonymously bought new gear for the inner city school. This whole event turned into a yearly thing for he and his family. They picked a different organization or local charity to help out each Christmas season. An envelope with the money hung on the Christmas tree as a reminder to the family during the holiday season. The husband and father of three didn't want any presents from his family, instead asking his family to donate to the fund. Just a simple and beautiful story.

If you don't know what to get that hard to buy for family member, try donating to their favorite charitable organization in their name. Go to the charity's website, and most of them allow you to make a donation and send a card or ecard to the person you are donating on behalf of. I don't think anyone will forget that gift.

My charity of choice is St. Jude Children's Research Hospital but look up any great organization's website and I'm sure you'll find the right choice for your loved one.

Merry Christmas y'all!



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