Every year I struggle with giving gifts for Christmas. Who should I buy gifts for? Do I give a family gift or just gifts for the children? How much should I spend? How much is appropriate to spend? Can I make a gift?
On the real; I don't like giving Christmas gifts. I don't feel like Christmas should just be about gift giving. Lately, that is what it all seems to be about, especially with black Friday sales starting before Halloween!
Christmas should be about spending time with family and friends. In my mind Christmas is a month long Thanksgiving (lots of hanging out with people and amazing food). I love spending time with the people I care about. I also love the parties, dressing up, holiday music and food. Ok, I'll admit, smallish thoughtful gifts are great too.
One of the best gifts I have ever received was pretty inexpensive. The gift was something that I mentioned I wanted months before. I was unable to locate it. The person was able find it and give it to me. It touched my heart and meant a lot to me.
Part of my Christmas struggle is not trying to buy the biggest/best gift. First, I really don't have money like that and second, it's not a competition. I have to remind myself that there is no winning for giving the best gift. No need to go overboard.
This year, everyone knows I'm unemployed and therefore broke. The gifts, if any, will be smaller, handmade and completely meaningful. My hope is that people will appreciate that I made the effort to show them love in a form of a gift.
Actually, my hope is that we all appreciate each other and enjoy the holidays with loved ones.
SN: I did get a job as a substitute teacher. I'm on call until they hire me full time (fingers crossed) or I find something else.