Monday, December 16, 2013

christmas conflict

i have a conflict with christmas.
receiving gifts has always made me feel extremely uncomfortable,
and i hate buying my kids things just so they have more stuff,
and i hate having them molded into people who expect things as a token of love.
i haven't found how to put our signature on this holiday,
balancing and enacting our own beliefs and priorities,
but every year i find little nuggets that help me find peace in it all.
this year it was this thought:

"My general belief is that in some regards, children need so much less than what they’ve become accustomed to getting. And that in other regards, they need so much more. The things that kids need less of can be bought, and that makes them relatively easy to procure. Meanwhile, the things they need more of cannot be purchased at any price because, in fact, they are free. Ironically, this makes them even harder to come by."
                                                                                                      Ben Hewitt

personal translation:
less stuff under the tree,
more time enjoying the stuff together that finds it way there.

1 comment:

Ganny said...

Christmas Season is sad in today's world. The reason is totally overcome by the hustle bustle of trying to please someone or self. I never remember believing there was a Santa Claus. (I still don't). As one gets "OLDER". we have time to think a LOT.I was remembering gifts that I had received. I remember ONCE, my dad sent me a doll. another was a china tooth brush holder. another 2 china book ends. and the ringer was snooping and finding my hidden gift.I always wore ugly long,baggy, cotton stockings. I FOUND my gift which was a pair of long shiny cotton stockings. It was sure a let down. I hated long stockings shiny or not!!! I vividly remember one tree which was a black jack tree cut from the pasture, and we decorated it with popcorn, and construction paper chains. We usually got an apple and orange which was a treat, because we had very few over the year. I am not saying, POOR ME, but am saying, Times have sure changed.

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