Each year as the Christmas season nears, the advertisements’ get hot and heavy for anything and everything that a person can shop and purchase as a gift for Christmas. Turn on the TV and you see ads that basically say you don’t love your girl if you don’t buy her diamonds. Flip through a magazine and it’s loaded with more advertisements than content. Sign online and no doubt you will find tons of ads that scream BUY, BUY, BUY!
We all like to get gifts, that’s a given. But have we become so material oriented that we’ve forgotten about the greatest gift of all? The gift of love, of giving of oneself, far outweighs any amount of money that could be spent and any material things money could buy. The old saying that money can’t buy love hasn’t changed.
Many folks in today’s world are in such a hurry. We have instant oatmeal, instant coffee, instant messaging, microwave dinners, etc. We are in such a hurry to get somewhere that we fail to stop and see the beauty of where we are right now. It’s go, go, go, and don’t slow down for anything. While we are in such a hurry, we forget to take time and enjoy life. We often spend outrageous sums of money buying things for the people we love, yet deny them the greatest gift of all… ourselves. Come January we find ourselves in a perpetual state of debt again!
There is one perfect holiday gift. It’s a gift that can be shared and used throughout the entire year. It never gets overused. It never runs out of battery power. It never needs to get replaced. It’s the one thing you can never have too much of. That perfect gift is YOU!
Instead of spending a load of money for Christmas and going deeper into debt, wrap up something new and different this year. Wrap up a nice note that gives the gift of your time to those you love and that love you. Rather than trying to buy loads of stuff for your friends, kids, spouse, and loved ones, give the best gift there is, the gift of your time.
For instance this year, my family and I (6 of us including my husband, child, parents, father-in-law, sister and I) are each contributing $50 and buying a Christmas for a less fortunate family, including Turkey and all the trimmings and a gift for each child.
The most memorable Christmas gifts won’t be the ones that you spent hundreds of dollars on. It’ll be the gift where you gave yourself, when you spent time with the people that love you and that you love.
With this message in mind, I hope you give the most memorable gift to those you love and also receive the same from those that love you.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
To your Wealth!