Why Christmas is not about giving

Christmas tree“Are you ready for Christmas?”

What people mean by this is, “Have you bought and wrapped all the gifts you’re giving to your loved ones?”

But what if this question was really about receiving instead of giving? What would you say if someone asked you, “Have you admitted how needy you are and prepared yourself to accept an extravagant, undeserved gift?”

This is what I need to do in order to be ready for Christmas. To help ready myself, I’ve written a guest post for my dear friend Christie Purifoy, a fellow writer and gardener whose creativity, whether literary or culinary, always makes me pause and marvel. Make sure you check out her beautifully written blog and her stunning Advent series.

Why Christmas is not about giving

Sometimes I really hate getting gifts.

It’s not the gifts themselves I hate. It’s the getting part.

You know the feeling. Your co-worker unexpectedly gets you a Christmas gift, and you can’t hide the fact that you never intended to get one for her. Or your friend buys you an expensive present that you love, and you wonder if you spent enough money and effort to get him a comparable gift.

Sometimes I love giving gifts more than getting them. I get excited about brainstorming creative gift ideas for family and friends—homemade food items or crafts, books I know they’ll like, fair trade gifts, something fancy they couldn’t justify buying for themselves, or something they didn’t know they wanted. I can’t wait to see their faces when they unwrap what I got them and see just how well my gifts fit who they are. I even get a little jealous if they gush over something that someone else got them.

As much joy as I get from giving, it can be a distraction.

Head on over to Christie’s blog to read the rest…

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