I’ve been pretty quiet on the blog lately… in part because I’ve been busy making presents for my girls for Christmas. The other part is trying not to get wrapped up in the frantic pace of the season. I find that this time of year, one of the things you hear most often from people when you ask how they are is “stressed”. They are worried about finding the right gifts, about making it to all the parties, about making the memories magical… they are worried that it won’t be perfect and as a result, they typically aren’t enjoying anything!
I saw this quote on Facebook this morning and thought it was worth sharing.
Here’s what I know. As much as I worry that my girls will like the presents that I’m making for them, I’ve learned that their reaction is something I can’t control. So as I’m making their gifts, I’m reminding myself that I’m doing this because it’s something I enjoy and if they don’t love them, that’s okay. I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a perfectionist. When I make something, I WANT it to be loved… but the reality is that this may not happen, so I’m learning to let go of my expectations.
For a long time, Eric and I have set a gift limit between the two of us of anywhere between $10 and $50. The challenge in this, finding something on a tight budget that the other person will love. The beauty of this… it makes you stop and think about what’s really important in life. Do we really need more stuff or is finding an experience better? One of my favourite gifts from Eric was the year he gave me an animal encounter at the Vancouver Aquarium with the Stellar Sea Lions. It was incredible and I enjoyed every minute of it… and of spending time at the aquarium with my family afterwards! The memories of that day still make me smile.
So if you’re running around at a frantic pace right now, trying to find the perfect gifts for everyone on your list… maybe stop and ask yourself if the gift of you would be better? Would it be better to spend your time writing cards to tell someone what they mean to you and put in a gift certificate for a date together to something they’ve always wanted to see/do? Sometimes TIME is the best gift you can give.