December 13, 2010
Whatever Hapened to the Simpler Things in Life?
At any rate, this year, it left me craving the "old days" of Christmas. I mean, I'm not THAT old..(I didn't walk 5 miles to school with no shoes or eat porridge cooked on the hearth every morning or anything) but I do remember simpler times when Christmas shopping didn't mean taking out a second mortgage on the house. My niece wants an iPod Touch for Christmas (I don't even have an iPod Touch....). She's only 10. She wants one because every other kid in her class either has one or is getting one. If you have a couple of kids, and have an "average" family income, where do you find the $350 for such a gift? How many charge cards will the average North American pull out to pay for Christmas this year? Whatever happened to making Christmas presents?
I know that if my man-friend sat down and wrote me a heart felt letter sharing his deepest feelings about me and us and our future, I would treasure it more than a piece of jewelry (and use it in case of a neccessary reminder in the future). Gifts that come from the heart are the best kind. Holiday giving isn't about (or shouldn't be about) how much you spend, but how much thought you have put into it. I know we know this, but we (as a collective) certainly don't practice it. Now, it isn't just Christmas lights on your house, but those cheezy blow up dolls and wirey raindeer on the lawn. Every since Martha Stewart came on the scene, we now have to think about our Holiday decor in a whole, new, crazy, out of control, you-can-see-my-house-from-space kinda way. Why?
I don't want to come across as "idealistic" or "Pollyanna-ish" but it would be nice......right? Maybe I did have a little too much of the gingerbread this weekend.
PS. I'm making my first batch of home-made caramels tonite....and beginning my photo mural (a Christmas present)....I'll keep ya posted.