The Christmas magic
I must agree with the majority, Christmas and gift giving or receiving go hand in hand. Everywhere, we see pictures of perfectly decorated Christmas trees, laden with gaily wrapped gifts. People who received them seem happy, just as if everybody found the perfect gift for everyone. Stores go all out with promotions, sales and incentives to get you to spend your money in their store. The frenzy that comes with the holiday season, that is the magic of Christmas.
When the magic is not there anymore : -(
What we should also notice, is all those stressed out people doing their shopping… The stress and trouble of finding the perfect gift for that certain person. The challenge of finding a parking spot at the shopping center… The credit card bills that will arrive in January… All that is also Christmas… and, sadly, that side of it is a lot less magical!!!
A Christmas without gifts. That is something unimaginable for a lot of people.
Well, for the first time, this year, We Did It … And the result… I felt Free.
Free of the feeling that I must give a gift, even if I don’t know what to offer… Give something, just to give something… Personally, I think it’s ridiculous.
Free of the worry that maybe I spent money and time on a gift that may not be appreciated or may be given away in another gift exchange.
Free of the financial stress that comes with Christmas… In the end, gift giving is expensive!
Christmas in another way…
We still celebrated Christmas, but in a different way. We focused on the gathering of family and friends and the excellent meals that we shared and on the people that we love. Having quality time with those that we enjoy being with. Wow! That’s cliché, I know… But after trying it, I can tell you that we loved it. I even enjoyed being a little out of character of what society expects us to do.
On the other hand, our kids are grown up (16 and 19 years old), and the magic of Christmas and the gifts are more for the young ones Honestly, I don’t know if I would have tried the experience when they were young. But now that they are young adults and that they are not materialistic / consumers and that we don’t buy stuff that we don’t use, Christmas gifts don’t have the same significance.. As they told me last year, they just don’t need anything.
Honestly, I hope you have the opportunity to try it. To step out of the box and be a little different. Who knows, maybe you will like it too. I sincerely hope that next year, you too will be saying that the importance is to have quality time with your loved ones…
Wow! What a nice reality!
Dane : -D