How would you react if you are Jim or Della?I want to know about the way you will react differently if you are jim or della. for example,maybe you will buy something else or maybe you  will kind...

How would you react if you are Jim or Della?

I want to know about the way you will react differently if you are jim or della.

for example,maybe you will buy something else or maybe you  will kind like do some donation or something like that.

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I have to agree with #3. To be honest, the special Christmas times have been precisely those when we haven't had much money to go round and therefore we were forced to think creatively and spend more time together. Getting creative is a wonderful idea and gifts made by hand mean so much more than expensive presents.

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Lori Steinbach | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I think anyone who has lived long enough can think of a time when money was scarce at gift-giving times like Christmas.  The motivation to give something is there, but the ability to do so is not.  For me, those times always motivated me to get creative.  I've made gifts before, and I've received hand-made or hand-created gifts--and I loved both giving and receiving them.  There's something extra special about investing time and thhoughtfulness for someone else's benefit. 

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Long ago there was a December in which my family had no extra money for gifts.  Having moved to a town where we had no friends or relatives, we were on our own.  It was a time of economic depression in the U.S., so I had lost my job and my husband was just starting a new one.  Just as Della counted her change, we did, too....While it was a melancholy period in our lives, we still remember fondly the Christmas that year as one of our best, for I sewed from left over material our stockings, and we did each other's domestic chores, providing the other a day off.   Besides, our baby was so happy with his few toys, that we delighted in his glee. Despite our poverty, we were very happy that Christmas as we had the love of each other and our cherished baby.

So, when genuine feeling is involved, material gifts and material possessions matter little.  The epigram "the most important things in life are not things" is, indeed, true, just as Della and Jim realize in the end.

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