It is a pretty custom — the exchanging of gifts at Christmas — if we could afford to do it in a simple way without too anxious counting of the cost. It is especially good for the children to be taught a lesson in unselfish generosity by encouraging or suggesting that they give small gifts out of their savings to their elders. Young things are so apt to accept it as the law of life that they are always to receive but never to give that it is hard for them to unlearn in mature years and realise that it is giving and not receiving that makes happiness.
Are not these lines of Whittier fine? —-
“He that gives, but doth not crave
Likest is to Him Who gave
Life itself the loved to save.”