Behind my house "Cat Jump Park"

Behind my house "Cat Jump Park"
Behind my house "Cat Jump Park"

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Present Tense.

The Celebration of Christmas is OR perhaps should be- about much more than the giving and receiving of gifts. Religious or not. Christmas is primarily a time for family and friends. for making home rather then work a priority,for gathering to share food and stories,and for hospitality to those who might otherwise be alone.

And yet,as we anticipate Christmas,it is other not those precious acts of love that are uppermost in our minds. but rather the risky or even perilous business of gift giving. we may feel very willing to give gifts,yet struggle with our concerns. Will our presents "work"?Will they adequately convey what we feel?

The more nervous we become about choosing gifts the easier it is to fall back on asking people what they want and then providing it

Those gifts may be given with great love also yet without evena dash of surprise, they are unlikely to make Christmas giving as special as it can be.
These are all simple gifts that speak volumes about appreciation as well as connection. It is those thoughtful expressions of love that count -all year round.

"The most successful gifts are those for which the twin elements of anticipation and surprise overtake all else.That takes far more imagination than money"
All over my friends are still working for another years.

                                           Andrew home at Christmas cards!


Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Michiko,
This is a very thoughtful posting! And I agree with all of it. To most people it becomes a burden, a punishment almost for HAVING to provide those perfect gifts. Also the financial burden at times can be quite stressful.
If all people only would be more honest about it, not many would be applauding the entire idea. Once I looked at a North Korean propaganda video on YouTube and they mocked the western world with being slaves of shopping. Even though I did not agree with all their propaganda, with this I had to agree; it is TRUE. Governments are also pushing and promoting it because the more the people buy, the more sales tax is being paid...
Yep, I don't participate; period. On Wednesday evening I will air another blog post about some touching experiences with charity for the Leprosy in Indonesia. It did change our lives...
Hugs and stay healthy and happy; enjoy the day by day little things that are far more important!

Mei said...

Have a lovely Christmas with all your love one Michiko! And a Happy New Year for 2014! Thinking of you. Big hugs! Mei

Here I Am Carrie said...

Well not much gift giving in our home. As it is more about just spending time with friends as no family could come and taking the time out of busy lifes to share a moment of time with people you love. Glad you had a wonderful Christmas.