When I was younger, it was hard for me to understand how giving was better than receiving. Probably because I had a wish list for Santa from the day after Christmas to Christmas Eve the next year.
Of course it was exciting to be the first one waking up super early in the morning... tip toeing down the hallway so I wouldn't wake anyone all the way into the living room to see all of the Christmas presents Santa had for me. I would carefully move around all the presents until I found those with my name. It was a pretty great feeling to be receiving all of those gifts.
Now that I am on my own, I get it. I get an incredible feeling when I give to others. The feeling of donating to someone that is less fortunate so they can enjoy a Christmas that otherwise wouldn't be possible. The feeling of making something yourself that someone will always keep. The feeling of hand selecting a gift for each person you love. The feeling you get when you know that special someone will be oh so happy when they open your gift. All of those feelings make it all completely worth it. Although Christmas is not actually about gifts, it sure gives us a good feeling when we are able to do something for someone else. Gifts are not about how much money you spent on one another, it is about the thought put into it. Be thoughtful in your giving in kind while receiving.