Gift giving and sharing epitomizes this time of year. To me, when I envision the Christmas Spirit I think of sharing a part of myself. Every person has a talent or skill that can better the world for those around them. It does not matter if your abilities are baking, woodworking, singing or just making people smile. The importance is using those talents to bring joy to the ones in your heart.
For instance, on Christmas Eve, my little family braves the cold to deliver festive bags or plates of baked joy to persons or families who have made a positive difference in our lives throughout the year. It is our way of saying, “Thank you” to those individuals. The action of creating a gift with thoughtfulness means so much more than the giving and the receiving. It brings a more profound sense of community. It evokes humility and appreciation in both parties. Making gifts takes time, patience and perseverance, especially when the list of receivers is long. I admire anyone who endeavors. I am humbled they would take the time to create something for me. And, most important of all, it opens your heart. The Grinch with his heart two sizes too small comes to mind.
Am I saying that presents bought in a store are bad? No, I am not. I am not a purist by any stretch of the imagination. The bulk of the gifts underneath the tree for our kids come from some retailer. Nevertheless, I try to keep the quantity in check. Also, my husband likes a good bottle of single malt scotch. Seeing how I do not have a distillery in my backyard, (How cool would that be?) purchasing the said bottle is required. However, his face lights up like a Christmas tree when he unwraps a bottle of 18-year-old Glenlivet.
Even though some joy-giving gifts can cost a bit of dough, we should always remember the holidays are not about spending tons money, which the Hallmark movie channel likes to remind us each year (that and my pocketbook). It is about sharing a piece of yourself to lighten the dark winter for those in your sphere. Think twinkle lights. Be the strand of lights for those in your life.
Thank you for reading.
J. R. Lowe