Thursday, December 16, 2010

Our Plate of Cookies

We started off right with lots of ideas
Of all the gifts that everyone gives.
"Well, we'll do it too!" enthusiastically we said,
Planning cookies, cakes, and fresh warm bread.
So, we made a list of those to receive our plate of
Goodies under the tree.

There's the neighbours, home teachers, in-laws, baby tenders,
Neighbourhood children, pitch hitters, sugar lenders,
The teachers, ward members, the list never ends.
In desperation we screamed, "we have too many friends!"
How could they all be so nice to me?
Creating Christmas stress!  That just couldn't be!
Then the thought came right back, hit us right in the face.
We smiled as everything fell into place.
Too many friends?

We guess things could be worse.  If we must be plagued
I'll let this be my curse.  Some say it with sweets,
Some sing it like birds, some make it with crafts,
We'll tell it with words.
You're wonderful, we love you!  We're blessed as can be,
Family and Friends are the best gifts, under and Christmas tree.

I received this poem in the mail today from a wonderful lady, Tante Edith whom I've known since I was just a wee lil girl.  This note is truly a blessing in disguise. 

Personally, I find nothing more valuable and heart warming than spending quality time with those nearest and dearest to me.  I consider my time my most valuable resource, and graciously devote special moments every day to perform random acts of kindness and also to spend time connecting with my family, and friends, be it in person or the ever so popular world of social networking.  Based on my desire to spend quality time with people ~ for me, everyday is like Christmas. 

For those of you familiar with the 5 love languages, gifts is not on my radar.  I struggle every year with this concept of gift giving at Christmas.  Don't get me wrong, it's not that I don't like to gift - it's more that I love to give from the depths of my heart.  I prefer the element of surprising people with gifts over the expectations and commercialization of the season.  I'm not your spontaneous type of shopper . . . in fact, I rarely buy anything without some form of 'research'.  I'm a definite quality over quantity brand of shopper.  So for me, Christmas shopping is exhausting - literally eXhausting!

Since 1997 I have shared an annual Christmas letter and family portraits with family and friends.  For a few years, I added hand crafted cards and ornaments.  This year due to my financial conservation mode (bahumbug) and a need to eliminate my pre-Christmas jitters I decided that there would be NO family portraits nor Christmas letter.  I must say it saddens me! On another note, my kids were elated . . . no fussing , no sitting still, no hair do's nor wardrobe fix ups!

This poem was a definite reminder that we all show our love by giving in different ways ~ I believe it is important to understand how others give and receive love and most importantly not to deny yourself of something that is important to you.  I had best run . . . I have a Christmas letter to write.

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