The time of year is here when we think a lot about presents. I have mixed feelings. Don’t get me wrong I really like getting presents. I even love giving them. I always have grand ideas about wrapping and buying and all the people I can support in doing so and so and so forth forever and ever amen. So, don’t go calling me a grinch…yet.
I do wonder though about the whole craziness and materialism that has inherently gone hand and hand with it. This real desire to have all this SHIT….. (Oops sorry I probably shouldn’t swear so much) doesn’t seem healthy. It’s definitely not something I want to pass to my kids. Besides the fact that often all the stuff we have creates more work, like finding batteries, cleaning it up and you get the drift…I also feel like it’s just sort of well unnecessary.
Giving and Receiving Presents
Where it gets tricky for me though is that as I mentioned before I like giving and receiving presents so to say I want to bag the whole thing wouldn’t work either. I just wonder if it could be less about the physical gift and more about the giving and the receiving of the gift. What the heck am I talking about? I am talking about these types of conversations that I know you’ve had…
Person A: What should I get for my Aunt Matilda?
Person B: Probably a gift card…she likes money.
Person A: Okay, I don’t really want to get her that but whatever.
Okay maybe this was a terrible “sample convo.” While I feel like we obviously should focus on the receiver I do feel like the purpose of the gift giving thing anyway?!! I guess that’s for us to all decide individually. The point is to let someone know you’re thinking of them and you want to bring join to their lives. And I think this is what we should think about when choosing to give gifts.
I find that in almost all areas of my life when I’m able to find the balance is when I’m happiest. I don’t want to put too much pressure on myself regarding gifts but I also feel like intention helps. I need to let it be what it is. It’s not serving me to fight hard against it. So I’m choosing to be grateful and appreciative for all that I give and receive.
I’m also going to try something different this year. This year each gift that I give I am going to say a prayer/ a blessing over it for the person who will receive it and for my relationship with them that it will flourish and grow.
What About You?
What about you? What can you do differently this year that can make the whole present thing more meaningful? What will you help to alleviate the pressure?
I do have an idea. I have this prayer series. The series starts on January 8th. It’s a virtual 5 day prayer. Each day you get a video, a prompt, and you will have a journal. It’s the perfect gift for you or anyone you know who wants to get more into their prayer. It’s simple. It’s fun. It’s meaningful. Grab it here!
Wishing you a blessed Christmas season!