Posts Tagged 'Christmas Gifts'

What Did You Get For Christmas Last Year?*

Wrapped giftsQuick!  Do you remember three things you got for Christmas last year?  I didn’t think so.  At least not without a few minutes to think about it.

Good to remember today with 11 days to go while I am keeping a nervous eye on how many days of free shipping I have left at Amazon.  Kind of crazy…all the energy, not to mention $$, put into finding THE great gift only to have it not remembered for long.

Sure, I remember a handful, and always the baby dolls from my childhood that smelled so good.  One of my children usually gives me a gift that elicits tears of joy.  They call it the “crying gift.”  I definitely remember the powerful elixir of love, affection and being “known” that imprints long after the exact gift fades.

Fortunately, we decided years ago to give our kids no more than three gifts each, based on the Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh model.  Stocking stuffers don’t count and neither does the small joke gift but limiting the number limits the “gift-anxiety” syndrome of running back to the store for just one more thing.  Probably soon forgotten also.

Perhaps it is not the gift per se but the moment the gift brings that keeps us on the hunt for just the right thing.   The moment that’s right before the opening that holds all the promise & possibility.  Intangibles for sure, but a gift also be the harbinger of matters of the heart.

So I carry on with my lists and forays to various websites still hoping for a WOW.

Will the perfect gift be remembered? Maybe not but the love that wrapped it up won’t be forgotten.

Hope for the Best,

Tish

PS Giveaway raffle  for  my new book, “Getaway with God,” with a Vera Bradley travel bag ends Friday: Enter here.

*perennial post

Three Gifts for Christmas

3 giftsHow many gifts are “enough?” As a Mom wanting to provide endless Christmas magic for my kids sans Santa, that number seemed so elusive.  The ads would tantalize me with “just one more” and my garment of mom-guilt for something I did/didn’t do was always ready to throw on.  Could one more gift assuage that? Not likely.

So in our quest for ways to celebrate lavishly but spend minimally we decided years ago to limit our gifts to each of our kids to three.  Not gold, frankincense and myrrh like at the first Christmas celebration but a Book, a Game and a Toy.

Other families have the same number but different categories like:

Something you need

Something to read

Something you want.

Or another family we love uses the themes of: a book, an art activity, a toy.

Let me tell you, the formula has worked out just fine for a very long time and we are now using it with our grandchildren.

To fill out the opening we go s-l-o-w-l-y one at a time from youngest to oldest and stop to check out the stockings during the exchange.

A while back I added the additional small package of a JOKE gift. Often the most fun of the joke gift is the alleged giver who signs the tag.  Would you believe last year I received a gift from Charles Shaw himself… the CEO of 3 buck chuck?  I didn’t either but that’s what my tag said!

Wrapped under the tree are the book and the game but the toy?  Come back Thursday to find out about the Christmas Hunt! The most fun event of the morning 🙂

Hope for the Best,

Tish

What Did You Get For Christmas Last Year?

Wrapped giftsQuick!  Do you remember three things you got for Christmas last year?  I didn’t think so.  At least not without a few minutes to think about it.

Good to remember today with 11 days to go while I am keeping a nervous eye on how many days of free shipping I have left at Amazon.  Kind of crazy…all the energy, not to mention $$, put into finding THE great gift only to have it not remembered for long.

Sure, I remember a handful, and always the baby dolls from my childhood that smelled so good.  One of my children usually gives me a gift that elicits tears of joy.  They call it the “crying gift.”  I definitely remember the powerful elixir of love, affection and being “known” that imprints long after the exact gift fades.

Fortunately, we decided years ago to give our kids no more than 3 gifts each, based on the Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh model.  Stocking stuffers don’t count and neither does the small joke gift but limiting the number limits the “gift-anxiety” syndrome of running back to the store for just one more thing.  Probably soon forgotten also.

Perhaps it is not the gift per se but the moment the gift brings that keeps us on the hunt for just the right thing.   The moment that’s right before the opening that holds all the promise & possibility.  Intangibles for sure, but a gift can be the harbinger of matters of the heart.

So I carry on with my lists and forays to various websites still hoping for a WOW.

The perfect gift may not be remembered but the love that wrapped it up won’t be forgotten.



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