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A Gift-Less Christmas Story | Thought Catalog

Yet if there is one thing I have learned most about Christmas over the years it is that by no means are we deserving or needing of Christmas gifts. We all know they are unnecessary. The purpose of a giftless Christmas is not even that we should take away gifts and replace them with something else. On the contrary, we already have all we need to make for a good holiday:

So what should you be doing for family and friends this holiday season?

Five days before Christmas twelve years ago, my mother learned that her mom had died unexpectedly about a thousand miles away from us. I was sitting on the floor as she answered the curly cord phone on her bedside table. Within a day we had packed ourselves and our new unhousebroken puppy into the car to drive west to Michigan and do all the things that you do when your grandmother dies. So that was our Christmas.