As I watch people flying crazily through the streets with despair in their eyes, I realize that they all have forgotten the reason for the season. What began as an ancient pagan festival where people put gifts for nature under a tree in the forest was turned into cutting down the tree, dragging it indoors and giving gifts to ourselves.
I listen to people stress about how much more shopping they have to do and I realize just how much of that stress is to impress. “Look what I got for you! Isn't it the best gift ever? Am I not the greatest gift giver ever? Isn't my gift your most favorite? Please like me!”
I wish everyone would just stop for a second and just give from the heart. Give a gift not because you worry what others will think of you. Give a gift as a true mark of appreciation for the person that you are giving the gift too. Give a gift not to impress, but one that just says “I appreciate and am grateful for you”. Don't stress to impress. If you really don't want to give a particular some one a gift, but you are doing it to impress, then just remember, it's not a gift. It's a payment. A payment for them to like you.
Here is hoping that the rest of the Christmas/Channuka/Kwanza season is a happy one for everyone.