Friday, December 2, 2011
The Christmas Gift
Why do we empty out our wallets to give gifts to others, who rarely appreciate it, that only make us more in debt?
Is this what Christmas is really all about?
I think not.
Every year I give less and less. I make more of the gifts using my talents that I've learned over the years. This year my husband made gifts too. If they aren't appreciated then so be it.
Christmas is a birthday. Do you give gifts to the birthday person or get them on their birthday? I give them when its a person's birthday. So in this case who would I give the gift to? What is the price limit?
I find that I would rather give of my heart, my time, and give from my talents in crafting to others. I would rather buy American made when possible so that my gift buying gives the gift of jobs.
This year my husband and I have set a $100 limit of gift buying for one another. All but one gift I purchased for him was made here in the USA. The cheapest gift was made in China but I spent less than $10.00 on it so really that isn't too bad. I've asked him to do the same and try to buy mostly American made gifts for me this year. Its a real challenge.
However, what I really want can't be bought. It can't be wrapped in pretty paper or tied up in a bow. It won't fit under the tree, on a shelf or in a keyhole. No what I really want this year is the gift that once given shouldn't be taken back, can't be exchanged, and will grow with time. I want undying love. The kind that will still be there even after I've shucked off my mortal coil. I want respect and I've earned it. I want kindness that all we humans deserve but so often forget to give to one another.
My gift wish list is long this year. You can't buy what I want. But you can give it freely.