So, here we are rocketing towards another Christmas (yes I am using the "C" word) Season filled with bright eyed kiddies, stressed out parents, the shopping, the hustle and the bustle, the wrapping, the mailing, and the chocolate. Oh, let's talk about the chocolate. Chocolate. But I digress.
I am avoiding the stress this year, by basically having no shopping to do for anyone, well unless I, myself, spot that glittery trinket that I just have to have. I guess it's another one of those stages of getting older, when the gifts of the gatherings are about conversation and catching up, rather than the gifts of "stuff".
Don't get me wrong, the giving of gifts is still something I love to do, just now on a more personal nature, more often something "just because" fits where I am right now. The surprise "something" that shows up on a friend’s desk, or the arrival of an "I appreciate you" card in their mailbox. It’s those personal “I was thinking about you and wanted you to know you are special to me” things, marked not by a single day on the calendar, but because, just because.
I sent a wicked arrangement of flowers to my boss, who happens to be a beautiful friend, some months ago, and I only signed the card with "We appreciate everything that you do.” She still has no idea who sent them...that is my kind of giving...
I am also not given to use VISA this year, which makes me happy. I won't have to wait with baited breath come January; to heft the 8 page bill onto the kitchen counter, enjoying at last, the hangover from overindulging on my PIN protected chip card.
So what about you? Have your giving ideals changed this year? Have you cut back, cut down, and revved it up? What say you, Christmas Shoppers?
Now…where is the chocolate?