I love all things Christmas. When people ask me how I am holding up during the holiday season my response is, “I love Christmas, what’s there to be stressed about?” That being said, it is important to note that there are times when the demands on my person and schedule can feel like too much. Besides my normal full-time job, family, and other regular commitments there are parties and gatherings, church events, decorating and Christmasifying our home, baking, and of course buying presents for the special people in my life.
I love shopping (I would say don’t tell my husband, but he is fully aware), and for the most part I find Christmas shopping to be a fun and joyful thing. But there are times when it seems like I can’t find the right gift. There are times when finances have been tight and shopping for gifts did not fill me with joy, but with anxiety. And there are times when I look around at all of the unnecessary stuff and wonder why I am wasting time and money on things that no one needs.
However, gift giving isn’t as much about need as it is about a tangible expression of my love for someone. It’s lovely to give people things they need, but it is also worthwhile to give gifts that are meaningful. They can be hand-made, donations made on the recipients behalf, or even gifts that are based in family or friend traditions.
This year, let’s consider giving the gifts we give with a little more thought and consideration. Not the “I should give you a present” gifts, but gifts that come from our heart, given to touch the heart of another in a tangible way.
Click here for a great article from Lifetree Kids with some input on giving less or more intentionally at Christmas time. If you are ever looking for good resources for faith and family, this is one of my favorites!