When my roommates and I moved off-campus in college, we would make Halloween cookies for the neighbors (some college students, most not) because we would not be there for Christmas. We enjoyed getting to know our neighbors that way.
When we lived in our old house, I remember making my mix for the neighbors there almost every year. By the time we moved seven years later, we had started an exchange with several neighbors baking treats and sharing them too! This will be my first year making the mix for our new neighbors.
One thing I have decided not to do is make any disclaimers.
Do you know what I mean? Here's a disclaimer, "Here is a Chex Mix I made for you! Sorry that a few burnt pieces made it in there." I've decided to let any imperfection go and instead enjoy the JOY of giving. The receiver probably doesn't want to hear bout my burnt pieces anyway. People, we are giving gifts! No disclaimers necessary! Graciously give!
I won't make Chex Mix disclaimers and I won't make Christmas gift disclaimers. That would be, "Sorry if you don't like the color. You can return it, the gift receipt is in there." I will just pick out the gift, wrap it and include the gift receipt for the receiver to choose what to do with it. For me, there is such freedom there.
This is something I have decided in my spirit would be good for me. I had to ask why I made disclaimers to begin with. I think as a way to discredit my act of giving. Also to protect my pride in case I messed up or (heaven forbid) made a WRONG choice.
So this year, no disclaimers! I'm going to enjoy the giving without the disclaiming.