I believe that we all try to prepare earlier in the year or at least have given into that thought. I USED to buy my gifts for family and friends well in advance. As soon as I knew what my precious little ones (at the time) wanted, I went on the hunt for a sale for just that product. My Twin Doll, T-Rexasaurus, Ninja Turtle Action Sets, Ballerina Shoes and Tiara, you name it I had it! The only problem was that by the time I was ready to pack these beautiful gift morsels I had forgotten what I purchased and where I hid them! Oh Dilemma!!! Realizing, now, that only a week or two separated my current state of diminishing euphoria and total devastation, I had to plow my way through the sea of people, politely of course, and embark upon the adventure of "Getting into the Spirit" and getting out the charge card.
Emerging from the shopping center, bright lights flooding the parking lot and diminishing as I reached the outer edges to the street parking, I (as I am sure many of us) was exhausted but satisfied with the knowledge that my children would be happy. With not much more than moths flying from my purse and my last ten dollar bill, the bright light of a Starbucks filled my head with the thought that "Yes, I did it! I survived and won yet another Christmas Shopping Season!" I victoriously sauntered into the inviting coffee cafe for my reward and ordered my triple shot, grande, soy
I pity those who are self-centered, manipulating, and condescending towards others and lack empathy towards their fellow human beings. Those that are prejudiced against race or orientation will have a complete section of the world that will never be known to them, which is like a soup that lacks an ingredient. Controlling persons are afraid of the freedom of others and those that control will lose their control in the long run and be alone and intensely unhappy. These people will never feel the intense joy of knowing the True gift of giving.
I continue to give to those who have less than I, but I don't wait only until Christmas, and not just with gifts. I hope that I have shown my children and family that giving time and sharing with others, year round, is what life is about! I am very proud of my children that also have the love and kindness enriching their lives to their very core and have learned to give to others throughout the year.
I bid you all a Wonderful Holidays, Great Memories and a very Merry Christmas and a Peaceful and Joyful New Year.