There is a tree with gifts. Cookies have been made and there is more baking to do. Hopefully we’ve made our last trip to the grocery for the year. Not having many little ones around, our trip to the toy aisle was fun but didn’t take long enough. A few clicks on Amazon and gifts for others were ordered. So this year is a little different.
The reflection of the year hovers but doesn’t shadow our holiday. On the contrary, there is much peace in my heart and in our home. There have been extraordinary moments recently that I have treasured more than gold.
A few weeks ago our family went downtown to the Palace theater to watch a Christmas classic movie, White Christmas. It was on the big screen just as it had been made for in a theater built before the movie was made with ornate antique design.
Last weekend, we finished decorating the tree and watched A Christmas Story. Each year when we travel, we purchase a Christmas tree ornament. So as we are decorating the tree, we share memories.
The other night, I came in from work pretty tired, but my son wanted to play a game. When your teenager suggests a family game night, you do it. My tiredness melted away as we rolled the dice and enjoyed the friendly competition of Yahtzee!
There are many other treasures a mother carries in her heart. Treasures not wrapped in a holiday season. Be encouraged to pay attention to those moments so they don’t escape. Capture them and hold them close.
My family knows that I don’t like to give cash as gifts. As my nieces and nephews grew into teenagers cash was all they asked for at Christmas and birthdays. My message back to them was, no, tell me something you need, want or would like to do and I will buy you tickets or a gift card to fill that request. It took a few years to get my message across. But as we live in more and more abundance, exchanging cash just seemed mindless. Gift giving is a more thoughtful art than just here’s ten bucks don’t blow it all on in-App purchases. As I’ve shared before, I enjoy the process of thinking of the other person and choosing something they wouldn’t buy themselves or that they really, really want.
I will buy gift cards though. Although I learned recently you can’t purchase a Visa gift card with a debit card. But anyway, gift cards treat the recipient to a night out at the movies, a trip to a museum or perhaps a small shopping spree at their favorite store.
Lately, gift card companies are making it harder to look generous. Gift cards for a specific product or store now have ranges on them for the amounts you can load. This no doubt is a cost and space saving idea. But the ranges they are packaging really can make Aunt KK look cheap. There is a huge difference between $15 and $250, or $25 to $500. So let’s say you usually spend about $25 on a birthday gift. If you buy the Amazon card that allows for $25 – $500 and you only put $25 on it, how cheap do you look? My message to these big companies is fine put a range, but give me space to look generous, please.