I love giving-but I plainly dislike the Shopping
I do get carried away with the giving
But I detest that MONEY slips in to mess things up
I do truly love giving to others...
but don't bring me gifts at this time in my life -I have everything-
My house is furnished,
My walls are appropriately covered.
If you cannot walk in my door without a gift in hand...please-
Something to eat, drink or burn...
okay I'll love something to plant if it's familiar and not a new challenge.
I do so enjoy wrapping gifts except when I don't wrap-
I appreciate beautifully done up presents-
but I enjoy using odd, used and sometimes strange findings to wrap them. Then topping them off with unusual or natural things...love using twine instead of ribbon - grab a sprig of a dried bloom or a fresh herb stem, even sticking a candy cane under the ribbon or string -This works for me!
There was a time when I was concerned with forming the most perfect beautiful bows...no more-the more simple or strange the better.
Giving generously over the top presents does my heart good...forget cost-the giving matters..not the spending.(free, cheap, reduced or just simply "on sale" )
It's just important to actually THINK about what and to whom you are giving...just think.
Some of my all time favorite Christmas gifts include a bundle of legal/yellow note pads from Sam's-b//c the giver was taking note of something I used regularly.
And the large bundle of EMORY BOARDS ...I hope the grand who made the choice knew I was genuinely thrilled!
I can still recall back in the late 1970's when I had a short unusual wish list for Christmas and an item on it I really, really, really wanted one of my children to get for me was a little $1.25 nail file..('diamond dust' ? ) and no one ever gave me that. I would not buy it for myself because I felt it was frivolous and since I did not actually need it -that was expensive. True story.
And I shall always treasure the simple little wooden angel made and given by one of the older grandsons- I'm not sure he realized it was such a wonderful gift -truly a "Keeper"
Did I ever share with you some of the most unusual -uniquely wonderful things people had gifted me with..allright, if you insist I will share two or three although I don't have pictures of all .
A work friend of my husband once sent home (for me) a hornet's nest-Yes he did and I made such a fuss over that..honest to goodness . That natural wonder of nature was proudly displayed for years until the weather got the best of it. Another work friend of Ted's brought back a bunch of beautiful pink rocks collected while his family vacationed in Colorado.
I think it's time to "wrap up " this conversation.