After such a long period when the face-to-face time was limited or impossible, everyone is ready for companionship. Families are renting homes to bring loved ones together. Small groups are gathering in destinations. Your gifts this year could be based on creating memories by time spent together.
The Gift of Your Time
Christmas is such a magical time of year. We hear Christmas carols unsung for eleven months, and yet we remember each word and sing along. The days seem filled with fairy dust and sparkles, twinkling lights and happy thoughts.
Whether the season has spiritual significance for you or is a reason for giving and remembering those who are dear. it’s a time to give thanks and to treasure friends and family and remember what’s important.
As you match your wallet with your gift list, remember the most valuable gift you can give may be the gift of your time. There are people in your life who would treasure that more than anything.
More time with aging relatives, listening to their stories, one more time . . . Spending social time with friends you depend on, not just calling when you need them . . . Sharing time with the kids, or your spouse or partner.
Does it take an expensive gift to show you care? Don’t be fooled by the commercials for cars and diamonds. Spending time watching a dance recital or ball game, listening to a newly written poem or planning a date night, could be far more treasured – and hardly make a dent in your budget at all.
So this Christmas please . . . stop, relax, smell the poinsettias and watch for fairy dust or at least snowflakes. Merry Christmas.
P.S. Who do you love and not see, day in and day out? How can you give them the gift of your time? Do a zoom visit. Make a face call. Place a good, ole-fashioned telephone call. Send hand-written Christmas cards this year, even if you had stopped that tradition. Figure out how to spread the gift of your time even further this year. It’s needed.