So I’m an advocate for thought-filled gifts. Most of you know that about me by now. I long ago gave up being impressed by expensive gift buying at Christmastime. I’m at the point in my life when I’m pretty much able to buy something if I truly want it. I don’t often “want” things simply for the sake of “wanting” but every once in awhile I’ll splurge on something that really catches my eye. Truthfully, that doesn’t happen often. My kids will tell you that. Okay, I do buy quite a few books, but books are a need, not a want, right? See, I knew you’d all agree.
I’m just not a shopper. I don’t particularly like to browse the stores. I like to go with a purpose in mind, get what I want and go home. Not much fun, huh?
Now I’m not for a moment suggesting that everyone should stop buying gifts for one another, nor am I saying that a costly gift cannot be a “thought-filled” gift, because it can depending upon the circumstances. We all know that. There are many things that factor into our gift buying, first and foremost getting something we know the other person would like and want.
I’m no expert when it comes to gift-giving. But one thing I can honestly say is that the gifts that have touched my heart the most, in many cases, have been quite simple. And cost more in the way of time and consideration than money.
Today, I was unwrapping ornaments and came across this “Christmas Tree Owl” my daughter made me last year, and the little poem that accompanied. (I’ve mentioned that this family is big on writing silly poems.) It is a snapshot of that time and place, and will forever be looked back on with fondness— Miss Charlotte’s first Christmas.
I wonder what memories we will make this year?The Christmas Tree Owl Twas the week before Christmas, and you can be sure Things were much busier than ever before. There was a new baby, just eight months old Charlotte Rose was her name, as the tale goes. When it came time for bed, she’d hoot and she’d howl For little Miss Charlotte was quite the night owl. But sooner or later, not before nine She’d drift off to sleep with on final whine. Once all tucked in, then Mommy would act Working hard though the night on this Christmas gift craft; A little owl for your tree as your yearly reminder A sleeping baby, you know, there ain’t much that’s finer. Since it’s Christmas, and we should all be filled with some Christmas spirit, can we share with one another our stories about a thought-filled gift you once received or gave?