Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
No matter how carefully I make my list and plan my shopping each year, it seems I always need those dreaded last minute Christmas gifts.
Then comes the argument with myself. Am I going to hop in the car, spend hours in traffic, and fight the crowds to buy...what?
Do I really want to drive round and round searching, wishing, and yes, even praying for a parking spot? Then shall I hike the half mile to the store from the nearest parking space? Will I have my feet walked on, be pushed and coughed on, and endure rude responses from harried clerks just to be pointed toward decimated shelves for the perfect, last minute gift?
Okay, maybe not the perfect gift at this point. Mediocre might have to do. After all, it is last minute and I'll be forced to take whatever is left or fall back on giving a gift certificate. Or will I?
That is when the creative side of my brain finally kicks in and I begin to think. (The "too tired to go shopping one more time" body is definitely urging on the creative spark from my brain.)
The new parents among my clan would be thrilled with the gift of an evening of baby-sitting. My Auntie with arthritis could use a few hours of help with housework or laundry with a coffee break of chat thrown in. My sister who works all kind of hours and has kids at home would love a hot meal already prepared one evening when she gets home. It only takes a few minutes to make pretty I. O. U. cards. (The trick now is not to promise too much that I'll never have time to deliver on, so enough of that.)
But I do have enough ingredients to make extra cookies and another cake and I'm baking anyway. I make sampler plates of goodies, wrap them attractively in foil (or put them in gift boxes and tins) and save them for the bachelors, widows, and widowers in the family who won't cook such things for themselves. For those who don't or can't eat sweets, I make flavored instant coffee or mocha mix and put it in glass canning jars with pretty ribbons tied round the top. Then for the readers in the group, I always have a few of my print books on hand to give as a last minute gift.
Instead of jumping in your car and zooming to the mall, use your imagination and give of yourself this Christmas. We all get so busy and caught up in the commercialization of Christmas, we often forget that something as simple as our time, a few kind words, and a hug can be the most perfect gift of all.
Now that you've taken care of everyone on your Christmas list, you owe yourself a treat.
Why not make a huge mug of your favorite beverage, grab a new book or download a new ebook, slide into your easy chair, and put your feet up? You deserve it.
Our newest releases for your Christmas Reading or for gift-giving:
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