National Geographic : 1925 Dec
Giving G WHAT alovely thing it is-the Christmas spirit-that prompts men and women to forget self and open hearts and purses that others may be made happy. But sometimes that very spirit-beautiful as it is-sweeps one into gift-giving which is embarrassing. In our efforts to spread gladness as far as we can, we frequently send gifts to those who have much "gold, frankincense and myrrh" and would appreciate a kindly Christmas thought more than an expensive gift. At the In a beautiful Chr When well and happy we are of a Fourth Wise apt to forget the sick and suf- from his high ferings to the new. fering and needy-men and pelling impulse to women and little children to altheay reaer. eti whom Christmas has brought the worthy desire those we love shot nothing but heartbreak and helping the unfrie hopes denied, whose lives, drab at best, are made even more dreary by contrast with the gladness and cheer of the Yuletide season. Try a New Plan this Year This Christmas, give good gifts-not as custom dictates, but as your heart prompts. Give lav ishly as your means will permit. Give to those you love and those to whom your gift will bring gladness. Give as far and as widely as you can. But in your giving set apart something-a little or much-for those who are in need of Christ mas gifts. It is not necessary to have a great You who are well and happy this Christmas-who are looking forward to a day of gladness spent with your dear ones-won't you help spread cheer and comfort among those stricken with Tuberculosis? All over the world today are thousands and thou sands of sufferers from Tuberculosis. In this country alone it is estimated that there are 1,000,000 men, women and children afflicted with this dread disease. rood Wayside istmas story, we read Man who was turned rpose of bearing of - born King by a corn help the suffering at the end was his honor ae allegory is plain: to give costly gifts to ild not keep us from nded and the needy. Gifts deal of money to extend your gift-giving beyond your im mediatecircle. Perhaps you can spare only a dollar, or a twenty five-cent piece, or a dime. Give Wisely If you do not know any un fortunate families who need your help, or if you feel that the amount you can give is too small to be of use, give to one of the many well-organized relief and welfare societies. They are in a position to in vestigate needy cases and will use your money to do the greatest amount of good. They supply warm clothing, they furnish nourishing dinners and distribute toys to eager young sters who have written con idingly to Santa Claus. It is impossible to calculate the ¢;D good which these charitable agen cies do in giving new hope and cheer to those sick in spirit and in body. They need your help. - This Christmas, give good gifts-the gifts of happiness and cheer and encouragement. When you are making merry around your tree know the joy of feeling that others are having a brighter Christmas because you have given from your heart. camps for children predisposed to Tubercu losis; 10,000 nurses who are giving treatment and health instructions. The cheery little Christmas Seals which are used to fight Tuberculosis offer an instance of useful giving. Whether your income is $50,000, $5,000 or $500 a year-here is a way to help. Won't you do this simple, gracious thing-buy at least a dollar's or a dime's worth of Christmas Seals? xney cost only a penny apiece. t_ tners, seeing i ;-.'"- ,,. ,i Christmas Seals help to support more than 600 Iey cost ony a penny apee. tners see Christmas Seals help to support more than 600 your Seals may be reminded to join in the noble ': hospitals and sanatoria, with nearly 70,000 beds; work of fighting the Great White Plague. , ' more than 600 clinics and dispensaries; 3,000 mi - , open-air schools, fresh air classes and outdoor HALEY FISKE, President. ; . ' Published by METROPOLITAN LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY-NEW YORK Biggest in the World, More Assets, More Policyholders, More Insurance in force, More new Insurance eachyear "Mention the Geographic-It identifies you."