Do you remember the first gift you ever received? Do you remember the third present that was under the tree when you were 13? Do you remember all of the ugly sweaters you’ve worn throughout the years during the holiday party season? Those types of memories tend to fade.
Do you remember when you were a kid and you would eavesdrop on the adults as they shared stories about their lives? Sitting in quiet wonderment mesmerized at how relatably human they became?
The holidays sometimes mean more stress than love, peace and joy. The gift-buying. It seems each year the list gets longer. And noticeably more expensive. The traveling. If there is any time of year that you may want to clone yourself, it would probably be during the holiday season. Your work party, your love partner’s work party, the kid parties, the friend parties, the family parties on all sides. So many places to be and so little time. Yet that’s just it, time. After all the travel planning has been put to rest. After all the wrappers have been thrown throughout the house. After every dish in the house has been washed. How do most stories begin? They tend to start with, “do you remember that one time…” Of course, kids like to receive lots of gifts. However, it is those memories that will stay with them for a lifetime. And at the end of it all, you probably wouldn’t ask for one more gift. You’d be more inclined to wish for a little more time.
Traveling during the bustle of the holidays is stressful. The richness of the memories created are a great payoff. Those memories are truly worth so much more than their weight in gold. I ask you to consider trying not to stress so much about the what and focus more about the when and for how long. Those memories that begin in childhood will play like reairings of your favorite TV show or movie. They will become a part of you that can energize most any moment stuck in traffic.
One of the best gifts that you can give to someone is your time. You don’t have to worry about size, color, taste, functionality or practicality. Time is the one-size-fits-all gift of joy that you can give. Remember: When kids are grown, the battery-operated devices will mostly be long forgotten. Yet, their eyes will light up when a joyful memory is sparked as they utter the words “remember the time …” Happy Holidays to you, my friend.