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While any number of possible answers exist for that question, I want to approach the idea of giving through the lens of Gebo, the gift Rune, in general and its Old English Rune Poem in particular. (This translation is from The Rune Primer.)
Gyfa (Gebo) is for men adornment and complement,
support and dignity; and for all the dispossessed
forgiveness and sustenance, who otherwise would have nothing
This brings us to the heart of the idea behind the season of giving - making it meaningful on a very basic and necessary level. This holiday season, think of Gebo and be of two minds. First, to those you love, be forgiving, show them extra support and encouragement. Let go of anger and ill feelings. Chances are that will matter more to both of you than something wrapped with a bow.
Second, while you are out shopping, think of gifts you can give to others - other than loved ones. Buy an extra bag of groceries for the local food bank; buy an extra toy and donate it to the local children's hospital or a shelter. Volunteer to help feed the homeless. Invite a new neighbor or colleague to a party or for dinner. The list of things we can do to spread this wonderful season of giving is extensive.
In keeping with the spirit of Gebo, and to encourage your participation in this idea, I will donate a canned good to my local community food bank for the first 25 comments on this post (Between December 6-10, 2013) that support the idea of the season of giving. Simply leave a comment on this post sharing something that you do each season in the spirit of giving to others or that you will do this year.
In addition, to show my gratitude to everyone who reads and follows my blog, I will give away up to three copies of my novel, The Son of Nine Sisters, and three Rune readings to you. Simply email me something that you plan to do this season in the spirit of giving to others and I will enter you into a lottery to win one of these prizes. Please make the email subject line: Gebo's season of giving
Finally, I hope that you will try to carry the essence of Gebo with you into the new year. The world needs more kindness and generosity and Gebo's gift can help build it.
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