Anxiety about giving the wrong thing. Little money. No time. There are lots of reasons why it is hard to give presents. But for all the stress the Christmas holiday delivers, there is a redeeming reward.
I recently received a letter from my sister, who shared the excitement her little boys felt when they received their birthday presents, which were neither expensive nor unusual. The true reason I give presents? The gifts made the boys – and my sister – feel loved.
The candy and small puzzles arrived on their birthday. They loved them so much. Nico put his sequestered in his special bedside drawer and Luca exclaimed, “I love this present so much I’m going to wrap it up and open it again tomorrow!”You were so thoughtful to get them such perfect presents. They loved them and it means a lot to me that you remember their birthday. PS. Nico still has his pack of gum (empty) displayed on his bedside table!
If you are doubting the spirit of Christmas, I hope this revives you. If you’re still in Scrooge mode, you might like a story I wrote on my previous blog, The Bargain Hunter, about a gift of garbage that delighted my nephews in 2007. Are you in the holiday spirit now?