I know Christmas isn’t just about gift-giving. And that if I do give gifts it shouldn’t be about the amount spent but rather the thought behind it. And that if I don’t give gifts it doesn’t mean I don’t care… not that that stops me. But as I was shopping this past weekend I found myself lamenting the fact that while we have taken some measures to curb our Christmas spending, it’s still a huge expense to buy all of these gifts.
Later on I decided I should take a different perspective. The very fact that we have so many people we’d like to buy gifts for says a lot about us. It indicates that we have some great friends and we want to show them how much they mean to us with a small token of our friendship. It also shows that our immediate families are growing, through both relationships/marriages and babies, and that’s exciting.
Yes, it’s a big expense, but it’s one I look forward to all year long because it’s really about taking some time out of the day to consider those people closest to us and pick something out just for them. It’s about showing, with even the smallest/cheapest of gifts, that during this busy holiday season you took a moment to think about another person. It’s about being generous not only with wealth, but with kindness and love.
So while this season can be a hit on our bank accounts, having so many people to think about and buy for is actually something for which I am truly thankful. I wouldn’t have it any other way.