It’s hard to believe it’s almost Christmas.
Not just because it feels like the year has flown by so fast. Here in Florida, I’m looking at yuletide palm trees and Christmas tree hunting in shorts.
Still, it’s a favorite time of year, no matter what the weather. And just because there’s no chance of a white Christmas doesn’t mean we won’t be listening to holiday favorites and enjoying the occasional holiday treat.
But with only a couple of weeks until the big day, this is also a time for major league stress. Christmas has become a time of excess and consumption and anxiety.
About finding the right things. About not disappointing. About how you’re going to get it all done.
It’s time we took a step back and focused on the real things we can give, and how to enjoy this season without a sweater we didn’t want or a card that’s kinda impersonal.
This year, Karen & I aren’t giving each other anything. We’re taking the kids skiing next week, and the anticipation of seeing snow again and having time as a family has been something that has been giving us joy ever since we decided to do it.
Experiences last so much longer. How many fond memories do you have of the things you got last year? Do you even remember what they were?
Homemade items are also a way to both show you care and not break the bank. Karen always comes up with some special treat to share with the neighbors this time of year, whether it’s decorative jars of spiced nuts or “healthy” baked goods.
It’s the little things. And they’re always a hit.
The point I’m trying to make is if you’re stressed that you don’t have anything for someone, with the clock ticking, maybe you should plan an outing together, or give of your time, like volunteering to babysit or help in some other way.
True gifts aren’t about how much you spend. It’s about showing how much you care, and helping solidify the relationships in your life that are so important the REST of the year.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra tunes to fire up…
Enjoy the rest of your weekend.