i love christmas
i hate christmas
i think those two statements resonate with everyone on some level. i love the sense of wonder that christmas brings. i love the time spent with close family and friends. i love celebrating the birth of our savior. i love the theme of peace and goodwill. contrast that with the hate i feel for feeling pressured to purchase gifts. i hate the attitude of entitlement that people adopt this time of year. i hate the stressed schedules that develop. i hate the vomit of red and green themed television. i hate what society has turned this holiday into.
every year when the holidays roll around the same old question is posed. “are we going to draw names?” or “do we just buy presents for the kids this year?”. last year i was smacked upside the head by the whole advent conspiracy thing. i loved it and took the message to heart. i took the opportunity to get together with my nephew, went over to home depot and bought the parts to put together a home-made robot for thunderclap. it was a fun time spent with my nephew and we had time to deepen our relationship.
so, we drew names at thanksgiving for smsmh’s side of the family at thanksgiving. we were asked the age old question. “what do you want for christmas?” i don’t want anything, i don’t need anything but to prevent getting something i’d have to fake being thankful for, i quickly responded, asking for an itunes giftcard. but the more the season sets in, the more i think i really don’t want even that.
if i’m on your list, please give me the best gift possible. give your time or resources to someone who needs it. donate or volunteer with second harvest, send some money to living water or donate to smsmh’s charity, the heart gallery. that would be the most heart warming gift; that you cared enough about me to heed my wishes and give your precious time and resources to someone truly deserving your giving spirit.
and you, dear readers, won’t you consider the same? do you REALLY need gifts this year? do you REALLY want to toss money at a lame gift card for aunt sally? throw off the shackles of what society tells you you must do this time of year and instead REALLY tap into the giving spirit and truly give of yourself.
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|If You Were Born Today (Song for Little Baby Jesus)