Christmas Gifts Revisited

In Creating Happiness by Barbara Jacoby

Here it is – a week plus until Christmas and I don’t have my shopping done.  The decorations are done and the tree has been up for a couple of weeks.  I have spent a lot of time online doing some shopping but for the one person for whom I wanted to make Christmas extra special this year, I haven’t been able to find a single thing.

I have had money put away for awhile now.  I have had several “brilliant” ideas but for one reason or another, I haven’t been able to execute any of them.  Why is it that I always run into the same problem?  Why is it that I can never come up with some very special gifts for the one person who is most important to me?

I have decided that the reason is because there is no super gift for a super person.  I have thought about it day and night for weeks on end.  I wake up during the night and when I wake up in the morning and it is the first thing that comes into my mind.  I certainly can’t say it is because he has everything in the world because he doesn’t.  It is just that some new clothes or a bunch of little gadgets just won’t do the trick.  So what am I going to do?  Honestly, I have no idea.

I suppose that I can take one day and stroll through the mall to see if I can spot a few unique items as I have given up on shopping online.  I have asked friends for suggestions but so far there has not been anything forthcoming there.  I certainly don’t want this gift thing to ruin the holidays but by the same token I can’t imagine not having some special things for him.  It is not because I am attached to things but I do like to find some special things that will create some new memories of this special holiday this year.

Christmas has always represented to me the time of year for creating new memories. As I find myself musing over possibilities for memories to create for this year, I can’t help but remember my own best gift ever from my past. It came the year that my parents gave to me the doll that had been hidden away in the attic for years after I had decided that I was too grown up to play with dolls. They had taken her to the local doll shop and had an outfit made that represented the original clothes in which she had been dressed and added new hair to replace the tattered remains of years gone by. Not only was that the best gift ever for that year but it also brought back memories of all those childhood years gone by when that doll was my best friend. There was absolutely no amount of money that would have meant more to me than the special thoughtfulness placed into my gift.

So I guess I will just keep on working on finding some special things and try not to stress out while doing so.  I will count on the spirit of the season to inspire me and hope that I will be led to just the right things that will say that he is as unique and special as those gifts that I hope to find.  I will count on those special feelings that always come out at this time of the year to help me find the magic of the season.  After all, if the three kings could give special presents to the baby Jesus, I sure should be able to come up with some special presents for the most special person that He gave to me.