I'm finding it difficult to get into the Christmas spirit. I always do. Christmas isn't one of my favorite holidays, mainly due to family dynamics (it is what it is) but also for me it should be a time of family gatherings, sharing traditions and living in the moment. But mostly of giving, giving of yourself, giving love, peace, joy and forget all about the drama and commercialism. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy receiving presents, but I prefer giving (as long as people appreciate them!!) but let's face it, most peole around me can all afford to get what we need. But we all seem to prefer to stress ourselves out and spend way more money than we should, or need.
Two years ago, in early December, I had my first partial knee replacement. I only had 2 weeks notice of the surgery, so I had to finish up a whole bunch of stuff at work, which left me no time to do my Christmas shopping. And after the surgery, I was so drugged up that I literrally don't remember much of the 4 months of my life. So hubby and I decided to make donations to World Vision on behalf of our family members, as their Christmas gifts. We carefully picked who would give student books, packsacks, buy a goat, a pig, etc, we truly enjoyed picking these out and tried to personalize them. We were very happy doing this and we couldn't wait to see our family's reactions. I must admit, I was dissapointed. Some family members were grateful, some, I don't know. Well I guess I do, since they didn't say a darn thing. Isn't Christmas about giving??? Come on!
Since I met my husband, we have been spending our Christmas' on the East Coast. This year, we are spending it with my family in Northern Ontario. I won't get into it, but the family dynamics make me cringe, but I'm going to give it one more try. I think it helps that we are doing something different this year. My mom had decided she wasn't buying gifts, my sister had asked about exchanging gifts, and I came up with the idea of doing the Chinese Exchange game (thanks to my friends who suggested it) and that's what we are doing. It looks like it will be a fun game and God knows, we need some laughter in my mom's house at Christmas time. And, I'm hoping that we can get back into the only one tradition I had started, sliding down the mountain. Hopefully, we'll be able to get some ski-dooing in too!
So needless to say, I haven't been very creative on the artsy side, other than making about 50 cards. But those are at the floral shop for sale. Cause God knows I will not be sending those out, only to see them appear on the floor, all torn and trampled on! Yes that's happened - more than once! If only they knew that some of those cards can take me 2 hours to make! like geeze!
So take some time and think about what Christmas really means to you. And in the hustle and bustle of it all, try to give a little bit of your time, to those in need. And I'm not only talking about giving money, but how about giving of yourself.
Actually, take a moment and look at this video....