We always do a tiny Christmas in July event. But this is the first year I almost forgot about that. I was shocked when I told my husband we almost forgot about our Christmas in July. I will be doing a smaller version of that at the end of this month. Anyway, since we are on the subject, I thought I share with you all a Christmas gift I picked up for my husband last Christmas.
We had driven up to Our Little Red House the week before Christmas and stopped off at one of the thrift stores in town for me to pick up some last minute gifts. We always do the three gifts when we celebrate Christmas. One gift we call the gift from our hearts. It is anything we make by hand. It could be something we bake, draw, create,, write etc…but it has to be from our own two hands.
Then there is the regular gift, that is just anything we buy new. And the third gift is what we call the green gift. The green gift is anything used or something repurposed we find out in the world. Green gifts can also be used books.
That week before Christmas when we were headed up to that small town where our place is, we had a truck full of gifts and baskets of fresh baked cookies and beautiful cards to pass out to friends and neighbors up there. But I still needed a green gift for my husband.
So I made a quick stop at the thrift store and right up front were two really pretty coffee mugs. They looked hand made too. I grabbed them without looking them over too much because we were in a hurry to get up on the rim and didn’t want to be out there late at night. The drive can be a little scary high on the cliffs. It is also very beautiful, better to see during the daylight hours.
I remember holding the mugs in my hands and it just felt right. I knew they were the perfect gift for my husband, that he would love these coffee mugs. He would have coffee and I would have cocoa, sitting together with our favorite drinks. I don’t drink coffee. I know weird huh?. I do like those store bought fancy coffees my kids always buy. I call them milk shakes.So different from the black coffees my family used to drink after a night of hard parties.
Anyway, I love cocoa, so my mugs are always filled with hot chocolate. Later after my husband received his mugs Christmas morning he turned them over and saw the inscription on the bottoms which was John 3:16. I didn’t have my glasses on when I picked up these mugs before I purchased them. I never saw this.
There it was, the true meaning of what it means to give. A gift straight from the heart and wrapped in lots of love.
This little thrift store treasure was a real surprise after all.
Hope you all liked this months thrift store treasure. Happy second hand shopping everyone and Happy Christmas in July.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotton son, that whosoever believeth on him should not perish, but have eternal life.
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