Thursday, November 14, 2013
Joy to the World- the holidays are So stressful!
I love putting up a Christmas tree.
I love MOST Christmas music.
I am not a fan of all the stress and pressure that holidays seem to bring. Most of it always stems from money and that makes me sad but its true. With the wedding just 10 weeks ago and having to replace Todds engine in his car, we are wiped out! I want nothing but to shower all my friends and family with fantastic gifts. I will just say this- I am a great gift giver! I dont mean to sound full of myself but i try hard to listen and observe on what people want and what they like. I also dont shop at mainstream mall stores unless i have to. I have a few of my favorite places that i shop that has different things and i love hearing " where did you get this"?
I know that there are many things i can do like bake or make a craft but lets face it- i dont bake AT ALL and i love doing my crafts at my speed and not under pressure.
Growing up with a single mom most of my life, we had some very scarce Christmas's where i got only one present under the tree and some candy in my stocking. Truth is, i would rather get one present that i want than having several presents of "fluff" for the sake of having something to open. Times are tough this year for so many people and my heart just breaks for all those struggling. I am a sucker for the Santa's ringing their bells and i always bring extra change and put it in my car. Yes , i said change and not dollar bills. It has to start somewhere and even change makes a difference.
One thing i love about gift exchanges is the understanding and agreement i have with my sweetest grandma Nanny. She is on such a tight fixed income and she cant afford gifts for all of us. Many years ago, we decided that we were not going to make a point to exchange gifts on Christmas unless there really was a specific need for either one of us. We sometimes do Christmas in March or May or whenever we are together and we see something that we want. Its so much fun that way and we appreciate the gift so much more. She will cook me dinner or make me my own pot of Chicken and Dumplings and i couldnt ask for a better present than that!
I know that i will figure out something and make sure to have gifts for those who dont understand not receiving a present. I do have to start thinking about that now though. It's around the corner and coming fast! Wouldnt it be great if we could just all work on kindness to each other and that would be our gift to each other. Smile more- really listen to people when they speak and take that extra 5 minutes to talk- give with your time and effort and not money. Donate a coat or blanket to your homeless shelter. There are so many things we can do to ease stress and bring peace. Its so cliche but Happiness really cant be bought and a smile sure does go a long way.
Happy Thursday y'all! Thank you for reading this and being a follower. Its Christmas and my birthday everyday when you comment.