Tuesday, December 02, 2014

being present this christmas

So much stuff. And always more of it. Frankly, I've had it. I just don't want any more. We live in  such a beautiful place, surrounded by both abundance and need. So what to do, as we approach the season of giving (and buying)?

I informed ny daughter about a month ago that this Christmas there would be no big presents. Some stocking stuffers, and a tree, and everything else we like about the holiday, of course. But I also told her not to despair - that didn't mean there wouldn't be any gifts - just not more things, more stuff.

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This year we are going to have experiences. And we wouldn't have to wait until Christmas for all of them. We have already "opened" two of our gifts - we have seen a Broadway production of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Cinderella and So You Think You Can Dance on tour at our local arts center. That will be followed up by a Lego event and a live-action Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer later this month.

I may actually end up spending as much or more than if I had to decided to get her a bunch of presents, but that's not the point. I want her to connect with experiences more than things this year. That's what I want for myself, too. Be present, not get presents.

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