Merry Shop-mas Or Merry Christ-mas?

December 21, 2018

“Unique gift ideas.”

“Personalized gift ideas.”

“Thoughtful gift ideas.”

With Christmas only a few days away, both stores and bloggers are pushing their last minute gift ideas with a feverish passion.

In turn, the pressure to buy the perfect gift can send one’s stress levels skyrocketing to the top.

Especially if you’re a last minute shopper.

The tradition of giving gifts at Christmas is an old one. Depending on whom you ask, you may hear that is first began with pagan rituals held during the winter, or during the winter solstice in ancient Rome, or from the the Christianity custom associated with the day of Jesus’s birth.

Regardless of why you exchange gifts during the holiday season, it’s important to remember one thing above all else.

 

It’s not what you buy that matters, it’s what you give.

Christmas time is an opportunity to spend time with family and friends. It’s a chance to acknowledge how you feel about them, either with a store-bought gift, a homemade treat, or perhaps just the gift of a little time itself.

Taking a moment to spend time with the people that matter to you the most, is the best gift you can truly give someone.

Don’t believe me?

Walk into any nursing home or assisted living facility and spend a little time with someone there who no longer has family and friends to visit them. You don’t need to give them anything. Simply sit and listen to their stories for a while.

Check out a children’s adoption center and sit with the kids. Again, you don’t need to bring anything. Simply grab a game already in the center and start playing with them. No game, no problem, even sitting down with a pen and paper (or crayons), and drawing and coloring will be fun to the kids.

Old or young, age doesn’t matter, what people want above all else, is to feel special.

And the best way you can do that, is to spend a little time.

So, next time you catch yourself running around trying to shop for everyone on your list, and stressing yourself out in the process, think about what you can do to spend a little one-on-one time with them instead.

What do you think is the best gift to give someone for Christmas?

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