I need to thank SEB reader Gakker for a box from Amazon.com that I can put under my Christmas tree. Came home yesterday to find it waiting for me on the desk in the living room. With money being so tight this year we’ve had to cut way back on our usual gift giving budget along with everyone else. We’ve gotten the presents for the nieces and nephews out of the way. My in-laws drew names to see who would get a little something for who and we’ve got that covered. Now we’re hoping to squeeze out a gift or two for Courtney, but Anne and I will have to wait until after the New Year starts and we’re sure we’ve made rent and paid the bills before we can consider anything for each other.
Perhaps I’m overly materialistic, but this is my favorite holiday because of the gift giving aspect. It’s better than a birthday because you not only get the joy of getting gifts, but the thrill of giving them as well. Over the years we’ve managed to make sure we had a budget to work with that ensured we had plenty of gifts to exchange, but this year it just didn’t work out like it usually does. There’s a part of me that’s quite upset about that, but there’s another side that realizes that the best gift I can give the ones I love is some of my time. Of course it would be even better to be able to give some of my time and a little something from their wish list, but you do what you can with what you’ve got. It probably shows I’ve grown up more than I sometimes think I have and I’d like to think that’s a good thing even while that gift-giving side is throwing a tantrum in the background.
This is one of those tricky entries to write because it can sound like I’m fishing for more people to send me stuff, but really all I wanted to do was to let you guys know that I’m deeply touched by the fact that I got anything at all. It goes without saying that it’s a good feeling to know you’re appreciated and I just wanted to say thank you.