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 😉
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! And to avoid the feeling of it being a chore, let’s not put it off until the last minute 😉