December 18, 2013 by liebestropfchen
I did a healthy dose of my Christmas shopping early, but I also decided to make a good portion of my presents this year. Sure, I’m trying to save a bit of money but I also wanted to show my appreciation for family and friends by giving them something that took more effort than just a click of the mouse on Amazon.com.
I am reminded of the story my grandma told me shortly before she died, about the Christmas she remembers most from her childhood. Her father was a teacher and farmer, her mother a homemaker. Grandma was one of seven children looking forward to Christmas morning and opening up their presents, but the family really could not afford much of anything.
My great-grandparents gifted each of their children an orange for Christmas that year.
I was a bit puzzled at first, but she explained citrus fruits in the 1930’s were very expensive and considered nearly a delicacy. She realized how much her parents had sacrificed to give them each such a rare treat, despite how far a cry it was from the latest gadget in the toy store.
Humbled by her story, I now realize how much I am beginning to despise the über-commercialization of our holiday celebrations.
So, this year I am kicking off my objective of giving more meaningful gifts. Each year I’m hoping I can move closer to my ultimate goal – that every gift will be handmade. I’m so grateful Grandma shared that story with me, because it will forever stay with me as a reminder the greatest lessons in life are taught through love, and not by money.
To those suffering with affluenza – may you receive an orange in your stocking rather than diamond shoes.