The end of the year can be stressful and hectic.
This year, for me, it’s doubled and tripled. The job hunt. The reality that unemployment doesn’t last forever. Paying bills. Everything else. But, that’s not fully what this post is about.
Thanksgiving, after all, just ended yesterday. But that also means the push for Christmas (or whatever holiday you might celebrate come December). Unlike Thanksgiving, Christmas has always been one of my favorite holidays. The views, the lights, the food — so much. And family, of course. It’s my favorite time of the year.
Most wonderful time of the year, indeed.
Alas, with the financial state of this world right now, it’s a bit tough. I don’t have the kind of money I’ve had in the past during this time of the year, so I’m trying to find a way to be more creative this year.
The reality is, I can’t go into some hip chain and buy a sweatshirt or two for people. Just isn’t going to happen.
But the reality is, there are kids I shop for who are family. With a handful of them — ranging from 8-15 — it’s tough to think about what to do with them for this holiday season.
I like making sure I can do something on a more meaningful basis, but I just don’t know.
Hence the stressful part of the season.
For the adults, I think they’d appreciate more of the creative things. Maybe something photography based, with a twist or something. Not sure what the kids would think. Might have to find out though.
The main thing I don’t want to do is drop into a “hum-bug” attitude. As I said, it’s one of my favorite times of the year. I want to make sure I keep upbeat, despite other things going on in my world. In the end, no matter what happens, I have a pretty strong support network and believe I can and will push through this — no matter what happens.
So, I need to stay cheery this season.
See, one thing I’ve learned over this past year and a half is that material things aren’t what they are cracked up to be. Would I like a newer car? Sure. Would I want things such as an iPad or a bigger television? Yeah, of course. I’d lie if I said I wouldn’t want them.
Do I need them?
I think back to some of the gifts I’ve gotten people in the past. Things such as sweatshirts or other clothes. As years go by, where do those things go? Eventually in the garbage.
However, it’s kind of cool to go into a friend’s house and see a photo hanging, knowing I gave that photo as a gift years ago. It lasts a lifetime. It comes from the heart. To me, and hopefully the person receiving it, it showed more than a wrapped up shirt or something more of a materialistic feel.
Alas, I’d like to come up with something creative again this year. I come to the blogging community — any ideas? I’m not the most artistic guy, but I like to dabble with my images or a design type of thing.
I imagine I’ll come up with something eventually. I just hope it’s not a pair of jeans or something. Though I realize there are items, such as clothes, that people need, I also believe it takes some of the personal touch out of a magnificent holiday.
Now to get thinking.
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