The late Dr. Ward Patterson had a varied career as a writer, campus minister and college professor. As a young man, he
determined to seek adventure and travel around the world on a motorcycle. While traveling, he collected artifacts and did
rubbings of famous monuments and inscriptions. Wherever he went, he made friends. As he was traveling around the world, he found himself in a Muslim country on Christmas, where all Christian celebrations were forbidden. He wanted to do something to observe Christmas, so he bought some candy and gave it to children playing in the streets. They did not understand what he was doing, but he did. He didn’t receive anything other than the joy he gave to the children. He learned the truth of Jesus’ saying, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” He learned that giving is always a good way to observe Christmas.