Thursday, December 9th, 2010 | Uncategorized
This time of year just makes me happy. It’s all covered in red and green and gold and sparkly glittery things. If the mall wasn’t so full of crazy people racking up their credit card debt, I’d really enjoy being there. I really think I want to teach my kids about how beautiful Christmas can be when you aren’t overloaded with presents. i don’t want my kids to have closets full of junk. I really hate junk. My mom has trouble letting things go- she has a box full of my 3rd grade math worksheets, which clearly, should not still be in the attic. So, it’s times like these, especially in my current financial state, where I just hate seeing people buy gifts which the receiver will never use. We all know great Aunt Martha is really not going to ever change her perfume. And Grandpa probably can’t figure out how to use that camera. Plus, that random office Bath and Bodyworks gift will probably be re-gifted. So. Is it really the thought that counts? Or should people just start saying, “hey, I know we are supposed to give gifts, but I think you have everything you need. I donated X amount of money to Forgotten Voices International in your name.” Or, “I worked X amount of hours at the local shelter in your honor this Christmas.” Maybe invite the person to help serve with you. If we spent nearly as much time focusing on others this Christmas instead of buying pointless gifts, we probably wouldn’t be facing the economic downturn or be subject to the current administration’s “solutions.” As much as I love the fantastic gray boots I picked out for this Christmas, or as much as I need a giftcard to buy business attire, I think the world just needs more of me. More of my time, more of my generosity and compassion. Maybe if we helped other then the government wouldn’t feel like they need to do it. Maybe if we gave more in other ways, we just might see that Christmas is about so much more than presents.
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