So here we are….counting down the remaining days of 2012 until the clock strikes midnight singing Auld Lang Syne for 2013!!
Of course this can ONLY happen once we make a really good effort at killing ourselves to buy gifts for people who don’t deserve them; people we don’t really care for [read: people we don’t like]; gifts we don’t have the finances for; gifts from/for people we wouldn’t care to spend 5 minutes of the other 364 days of the year with yet we HAVE to find “them” just THE perfect gift!!!
Now I’m NO Grinch by no stretch of the imagination – actually quite the opposite – however I am constantly scratching my head each year as people struggle to tend to their normal living expenses only to feel as if life will end if they don’t get their kids EVERYTHING because it’s Christmas. What happened to Celebrating the Season by giving of oneself or even to those less fortunate (now THAT is worth running around for or stressing over) or adopting a kid or family or single person <—they have that right?? I am in no way a bitter, unfortunate soul void of a joyful, plentiful, blessed Christmas. No, no, quite the opposite. I have had some really good Christmas Holidays by commercialism’s standards….from youth through my adulthood as a married woman AND a woman who had little ones [who are big ones now lol].
HOWEVER, Christmas for me has been more about the gathering, laughter, food….can’t forget the food, camaraderie, family and friends fortunate enough to be in my life for yet another year of Yuletide and Poinsettias!
It wasn’t until a few years ago when I was actually very very blessed that my entire outlook on the Holiday Season really took a turn to less commercialism and more of making a difference. Each year after that I was less interested in the ‘gift-giving’ of the season unless it was giving of myself.
Yes I know, especially as parents, we want our kids to have presents under the tree on Christmas Day, however if our situation is not conducive to that perhaps we should prepare our kids and ourselves for a leaner more service oriented Christmas….*waiting for the eggs to be thrown my way*. Would that be so tragic? Perhaps during those younger years when kids don’t know the difference and the older – teenage years when they most certainly know the difference and perhaps don’t care as the season approaches – oh bout September of late with the commercials and store shelves lol, how bout discussing the upcoming season and expectations?
Believe me, I don’t want to ban nor take away Christmas just maybe bring it down a notch or closer to a Season of Giving of self. That’s not to say if you are fortunate and blessed to splurge on those you love that you don’t – for those situations where money is not an object is not individuals spending monies they don’t have for people they don’t like. There is no greater pleasure (well perhaps but this is a “G-rated” post) than seeing someone’s face light up as the unwrapping of a gift exposes something they’ve always wanted; is something they need; or just a nice to have during the Holiday Season.
As in everything, there must be balance. All I am saying is if you can barely take care of your basic living expenses, or are between living quarters, or having to work double-time just to have Christmas, is it such a bad thing to instead have a family & friends, food and frolic, service-centric Holiday?
Just a thought…what are yours….all opinions are welcome!!!