I don’t like giving gifts at Christmas. I don’t like giving gifts at Christmas because it is expected of me. Yesterday I was asked on two separate occasions, “Aren’t you giving him/them anything?” I thought for a second and replied “No.” “But he’s your nephew/they are your grandchildren (step). You should at least give them money.”
Scrooge, I am not. I am not stingy. I have been known to literally give the shirt off my back-or at least something I was wearing-when a friend admired it. I love to share what I have. I love to give people presents. But I want to do it when I do it and because I want to do it. Not because society says the December 25 is a day for giving!
How did Christmas become a day of seeing how much money we can spend? Retailors are made or broken by how the consumer spends for this “holiday” which was originally a “holy day”.
It used to be a big thing to go shopping on December 26 to get great bargains. Now everything is on SALE EVERY DAY. I heard a comment from someone on the news the other night that you have to be an IDIOT to buy anything at full price. So perhaps on December 26, if you go shopping for bargains, you will get paid to take the stuff away!
Gifts should come from the heart. I have a friend who is a wonderful person. She is truly the most giving person I know. She is not wealthy. She works hard for every cent she has and she has an envelope in her pocketbook marked “God’s Money”. In it there are several bills of varying denominations. When she meets someone that is in need she shares “God’s Money.” She is my hero. I strive to be more like her.
Do I shop at Christmas—of course. I do succumb to the lore of the retail- but as I get older, not as much. I have so much stuff and so do most of my friends and family. I am giving some of my stuff away and I am seeking alternative ways of gifting. I love to cook and give of my joyful labors. I enjoy knitting and have made several gifts. ZUM aromatherapy laundry soap is wonderful so I am giving it since everyone needs laundry soap.
Yes, I will give Christmas gifts—to people I want to give them to and it might not even be on Christmas.
And I will work on giving more of myself and my resources whenever the need arises.
I don’t remember where I found this saying, but I have used it as our Christmas greeting from our funeral home in the local newspaper for many years. I would like to share it with you:
Care Deeply. Give Freely. Think Kindly. And be at peace with the world…
For this is the spirit of Christmas, For this is the spirit of Love.
May the spirit of Christmas remain with you always.