To all of you I hope your Christmas, if you do in fact celebrate the event, was a joyful one. For those of you who do not celebrate in like fashion, may you have enjoyed a beautiful day as well.
What I like most about this holiday is the message that it has always carried with it which is ‘Peace on Earth.’ And I am hopeful that someday it will in fact be a reality. But not this year sadly.
It has becoming something of commercial debacle here in North America in particular. That the retail stores now rely so much upon this one holiday as it can make up 30% to 50% of their annual sales. And there seems to be this ideal that the gift has to be spectacular.
This year I reigned it in. I bought some products that I love and divided them amongst my friends, I did some baking as well to give to family and friends. I really enjoyed the fact that I decided to keep it extremely low-key. I bought for 16 people and sent out 52 cards and spent just $500.00. Not too bad…not too bad at all.
In some cases I gave framed photographs that I have taken over the last year as well, so everything really had more of personal feel to it. And I didn’t run roughshod over my credit card. In fact I didn’t use my credit card to purchase gifts. And I like that.
For me this is a time of year that I can let those that I love know it though they likely are aware of this fact to begin with.
I realized too, in past years when I may have given a more elaborate gift that perhaps I was putting some undo pressure on friends. Many people who I know are on a fixed budget, so I don’t want them to feel obligated to buy me an expensive gift.
This year I just wanted to focus on sharing some of the items I personally like and use, and to just let them know that without them, I would not be the person I am today. I want to let them know that I value their friendship more than anything really.
That is what all this means for me. Will I partake in the annual Boxing Day Sales? No. I will spend this day likely editing and writing and carving up the remainder of the turkey.
This morning upon glancing in the mirror, I swear to you I resembled something of the erstwhile bird we consumed last night. I will make several meals from the remains. There will be turkey sandwiches (hot & cold), there will be turkey quesadillas. Lastly it will make a fabulous soup! So this bird will likely provide more than 15 servings of some kind and that is as it should be.
As I slipped into bed last nigh I felt blessed once again. Thankful for those that surround me. And I am excited by the year ahead and the challenges that I have put on the table for myself.
A year from now I want to be acknowledging those successes then be considering how else I can serve this world that I share with all of you, for this is what I have learned in the past year is what being human is all about. Listening to my heart centre and putting that energy out there. Many of the challenges I am looking at for this coming year will hopefully be of benefit, and so I will move toward this. What I do recognize though, is I must bring myself up to optimum health and well-being if I am to be successful with the rest of it. And yes, in many ways they will correspond and interchange with one another.
Enjoy the rest of 2012. This has been a pivotal year and look to live each day forward to the best of my ability.
Much love and peace to all of you.