I am privileged to have witnessed growth this year in my children and grand children. This was the first year we drew names and set a spending cap. Up until now we have succumbed to the notion that we all had to buy something for everybody.
Our older daughter suggested that instead of buying gifts for one another at all, we should all make a donation to charity. I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly that idea was accepted. Moved, seconded, carried.
My husband, who was an unparalleled help this year with shopping, food preparation and cleaning, may finally have realized how much goes into hosting a gathering. Much more than the dollar signs which used to be his sole focus. He has suggested that we should book a restaurant reservation for the entire clan from now on.
I should explain that we have been hosting on a rotational basis, our turn happening only once every three years. (We have two daughters.) It takes the pressure off and actually makes me excited about my turn.
Our younger daughter turned a thumbs down on that one. She loves to cook and next year it is her turn. We may get around to it, but for now the gatherings will be family in an intimate setting, enjoying love and peace. Without presents.
“Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store? What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more!” Dr. Seuss