The holidays for me begin with Halloween and ease up after the first of the year only to be tossed into Valentine’s quickly followed by Easter, and May is a big birthday month plus Mother’s Day, then Father’s Day and suddenly it’s Fourth of July our anniversary, my birthday and before you know it Labor Day and the holidays start all over again.
With such a large family there are very few months we don’t have birthdays, anniversaries or something special going on, but Christmas, Christmas is the time of year when I try to remember each person in my life whether it’s with a card or gift. I want to let them know how important they are to me. Choosing the perfect gift isn’t always easy because let’s face it, most of us buy what we want throughout the year. No, the perfect gift isn’t always something expensive or even something asked for. The perfect gift to me is something the giver sees that makes them think of the other person, smile and say, “they will love that.”
I’ve been blessed by friends and family with some wonderful gifts through the years. Some of the best gifts I’ve received were not ones I’d even thought about: A book on Native Americans, a cheval mirror, a stuffed animal from my grandchildren. Gifts that came from the heart from people who know me. Somme of my most cherished are the anytime gifts, like when my husband or son brings me a coffee drink or one of my daughters-in-law are out somewhere and bring me home a cake or trinket just because they know I’ll like it. The best gifts are the gifts of time, sharing a moment with those you love whether it’s a phone call or a visit. Taking the time to say “I love you” is more precious than anything we can buy.
As I look back over this past year, the good and the bad, I know that I am blessed. We’ve known some heartaches, lost some friends and loved ones but at the end of the year I count more blessings than not. I hope you can say the same.
Wishing you all a Very Merry Christmas and a Joyous New Year!