God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well. – Voltaire
The number of shopping days between now and Christmas is dwindling. With a kitchen renovation underway, this is the latest Mary Beth and I have gone into December without buying the first gift.
We know that December 25 isn’t budging from the calendar, so we’ve decided to take a divide and conquer approach. My wife will take the lead on finishing the kitchen while I get after the gift list.
In mapping out my plan for Macy’s, Target and Kohl’s, my biggest concern is that I don’t screw it up. I want the gifts for our family and friends to mean something. I want them to know that we love them – even if we are a little time challenged this year.
To help relieve my gift-buying anxiety, is the awareness that the people on our list understand the best gifts to open don’t have to come from a department store. Sometimes the best gifts to open are the ones right before us. Gifts like:
- Opening our hearts to the small blessings of everyday life like good-morning kisses, listening to the rain and witnessing kindness in action.
- Opening our eyes to being grateful for exactly what we have.
- Opening our minds to seeing the possibilities for growth and change.
- Opening our souls to receiving unconditional love.
- Opening our bodies to receiving healthy nourishment.
My Christmas Gift List
On the way to a holiday party last weekend, Mary Beth asked me what I wanted for Christmas this year.
Driving on I-70, I took a few moments before answering. The city lights were bright and were glowing with hues of white, red and green. Christmas music filled the car along with the warmth of being with my wife.
I thought about our children. What I want most is for Brandon, Caitlin, Andrew and Emily to be willing to open the amazing gifts that have been created for them and then wear the gifts with confidence.
Brandon: Open the gift of worthiness and use it to create a wonderful life.
Caitlin: Open the gift of happiness and know you deserve what your heart desires most.
Andrew: Open the gift of truth and understand you were made to do great things.
Emily: Open the gift of self-awareness and use it to appreciate your beautiful talents.
The kitchen cabinets are waiting to be painted; the gift list is waiting to be tackled and the best gifts are waiting to be opened.
I can’t think of a better way to celebrate this Christmas season.