Crazy Season of Expectations

It’s part of our culture to want what we don’t have and not to be grateful for what we do have. This “season of wants” puts pressure on everyone to give and spend until you wish you hadn’t. This crazy season of unreasonable expectations needs to change or we will all pay a price for mindlessly giving of our time and money.

When our children and grandchildren were very young, Christmas was full of magic and excitement. They didn’t need much to enjoy the moment – often just making special Christmas cookies and crafts was enough. But as they aged they became like the rest of us and the excitement was drown out by the expectations.

You would think that with the loss of our loved ones we would understand the precious gift of time and not get caught up in the marketing. That we wouldn’t let the inner spark of joy be replaced with a room full of things that will be forgotten within days or months.

I know that I’ve given too much, without always instilling values to accompany my gifts. All children want what other children have, but too much stuff means that nothing is valued. This Christmas season I’ve cut back on the gifts and I’m making more of an effort to give a gift that has meaning behind it. In other words, I’m aiming for gifts that show I really know and care about them.

This season I plan to do less spending of money and more time helping others – paying it forward is a wonderful gift to myself 🙂

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