I sat with my eyes closed in yoga class after work, remembering to breathe deeply in for four counts, pause, and out for 4 counts. The instructor encouraged us in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season to take time to purposefully pause. Pausing, he continued, is also work, sometimes harder to do than rushing around and staying busy.
I needed to hear that encouragement.
To Prime or Not to Prime
Earlier today I tried to order my youngest son’s birthday gifts. His birthday is December 22. I put the order into Amazon and it said – delivery date: December 24.
Hmmm…that won’t do.
I didn’t renew our Amazon Prime because it was only really useful to us a few times a year (Christmas and birthdays), but for a moment, I was regretting the fact that I cancelled it. A flurry of texts back and forth with my sisters and his gifts were ordered. They will definitely be one of the things I’m grateful for today!
In an effort to keep things simple and focused on Christ this Christmas, we are giving each child three gifts for Christmas – one thing to wear, one thing to read, and one thing they want. As children, they want many things – but as their parents, we are trying to set limits.
True Gifts of Christmas
As appealing as the items on their wish lists are, I know that what they really want is:
- to see and spend time with their cousins on Winter break.
- to have the sausage, egg casserole I make every year for Christmas breakfast.
- to spend time with family on Christmas Eve and try to stay up for midnight mass.
- to see what matching pajamas they get this year on Christmas Eve.
I know these are things they really want because their eyes light up hopefully when they’ve mentioned these traditions to me.
Will they love their “one thing they want” gift? Yes, of course they will love it. They will play with it on Christmas day…and maybe even for a while after. But the truly lasting gifts will be the memories and traditions that are shared every year and taking root in their hearts.
What gifts are you giving to your loved ones that aren’t on their “wish lists?”
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