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December 18, 2013

Jim Bailey: Giving is the real heart of the Christmas season


Erskine, after impromptu harmonica duets with Greene, brought out in a big way the work of Wheeler Mission as he played, “Love Lifted Me.”

Capping the evening, the choir, which stretched from the floor into the upper level of Banker’s Life Fieldhouse, brought some 15,000 people to their feet with its rendition of “The Hallelujah Chorus.”

Closer to home, our daughter Rachel’s family is instilling the real meaning of Christmas in their gift-giving project with grandson Cameron.

At age 10, in his post-Santa phase, instead of showering him with gifts, as has been customary, he will receive three gifts this year (though she stresses they likely will be substantial), emblematic of the three gifts of the Magi to Jesus. That’s besides a few little things in his stocking, of course. In turn, he will be donating three of his used toys to less fortunate children.

Big or small, the act of giving is what Christmas is all about. Here’s hoping you and yours have a merry one.

Jim Bailey’s column appears on Thursday. He can be reached by e-mail at

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