It’s the Season . . .

December is the month of jolly all around the world. It is a milestone reached after a year filled with challenges. The general mindset of people changes, and they become more tolerant, more generous, more . . . everything they haven’t been in the year past.

Children love this time of year. Stores stock up on the newest toys and gadgets to entice the little ones to dream of ownership. The other day, as I was walking through our local mall, I glanced inside one of the more economy friendly shops. Inside was a dad and his little boy. The big guy had a bit of a haunted look on his face, while the little guy’s eyes sparkled with barely suppressed excitement. They were looking at some huge plastic toy sets. I remember seeing farm animals in one set, but can’t remember what was in the other. Probably a garage type thing. Boys do love their toys after all!

But the children aren’t the only ones who get starry-eyed as the date close in on Christmas! Once the Christmas decorations in the stores come out it sends out the subliminal message that something good is coming in the near future. Ladies and gents will start hinting, maybe a little wistfully, at what they would really like, someday. Hint! Hint! Did you catch that?

From time to time I struggle with how commercialized Christmas has become. At one stage I felt like people forgot what Christmas is all about, and only cared that they should get presents. You can probably tell that I hear a lot of hinting πŸ˜‰

Before this post turns into too heavy a topic . . . I love to give gifts. I like strolling through the shops, looking at things and matching it to people I care about. I get excited while doing a poor job of wrapping presents – wrapping is not my strong suit. I get all impatient, although I do a good job of hiding it, on THE DAY when presents are opened. I like to see the expressions on people’s faces when they open their presents. That, to me, is the gift of Christmas.

I hope you have a great time doing your Christmas shopping!Β  And to avoid the feeling of it being a chore, let’s not put it off until the last minute πŸ˜‰

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6 thoughts on “It’s the Season . . .

  1. I’m with you on this one, clouded marble…I like finding the “perfect” present for people, but I hate wrapping (which is why I recruit my girls to wrap for me!). I struggle every year with how much to buy the kids…I suspect I get them too much…

    Wendy

  2. Although most people i know agree that Christmas is too commercialized they then proceed to go out and buy the biggest and best.

    I’ve found that as I age, the gifts that truly come from the heart mean so much more to me. πŸ™‚

    • I agree, heartfelt gifts are the best!

      I wish I could buy the biggest and best, but I work with a budget so it makes the gift picking a little more challenging. πŸ™‚

      I wonder if the commercialisation thing will stop if we buy presents throughout the year and don’t wait until December?

      Thanks for coming by.

  3. I do not like shopping for Christmas presents – never know what to get people.

    I think the idea of buying a gift for somebody during the year (if you see something you think they would like) is an excellent idea. Would take the pressure of December shopping.

    • I must confess that it isn’t easy to pick something for the family member/s whom I don’t see on a regular basis.

      If worse comes to worst I fall back on “generic” gifts, and try to personalise it in some way.

      So, if we buy C-presents during the year, do we hide it away until Christmas? That will be another challenge for me πŸ™‚

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