I don’t know about you, but I am pretty nauseated with the whole hoopla around the holidays. Perhaps it is because I am no longer a kid, Santa no longer exists, and every possible bill in the world seems to come up due in January.
Don’t get me wrong, I love putting up the tree with my family and attending the candlelight service at church. I just don’t see the need to spend a lot of money on adult gifts.
To me, the magic and spirit of Christmas is about the birth of Jesus. The hope and light for all the Christians appears on this day. It is a day of happiness, rejoicing, and hope.
Where did the word Hallmark, ToysRus, etc. come into play? Damn that Tannenbaum.
Jesus only received three gifts when he was born. Maybe that will be the next standard for next year. Before you call me a Scrooge, lets really examine this. I know someone who received a list of items someone wanted for Christmas. How is that any sort of gift if you are buying off of a list?
When I have to buy a gift for someone, I think of something that will make them smile or have an actual fun function in their life. I don’t just buy a generic gift. It may not be super expensive, but it definitely comes from the heart.
My son really causes me to enjoy Christmas. He has never been one to ask for a bunch of stuff. I love that about him. He doesn’t act spoiled. Hard to believe for an only child, but I am proud to say he is not.
When he puts of decorations, he smiles and plays each music box. It is like watching the younger version of him put them out for the first time.
When I told him that money this year was slim pickens, just like the artist, he smiled. I told him to give me a few ideas. I had a blast buying things for him. I ended up getting some other ideas and was able to really surprise him with some nice things. Watching him open his gifts was so much fun. He was so surprised.
So, I will end my senile rant on that more positive note.
I wish you all a Happy New Year.