Thursday, December 23, 2010

A Christmas Wish

Hiya luv! I wrote a guest post on Domestic but Not Martha the other day but thought I would share it here as well in case you were unable to come visit me on Crystal's blog.
I hope you will take a minute to reflect on the season with me.

I want.
I want.
I want!

I often overhear this statement from children, teenagers, and even adults while out Christmas shopping.

When I was younger, I used to be like that.
[I wanted everything.]
My wish list was a mile long and on Christmas morning I would make a mental note of all the things I didn't get.
{yea, huge brat I was.}

Good heavens, I spent so much time worried about what my cousins got or why I didn't get as much as my sister.
"Well they must be the favorite!"
I'm embarrassed to admit that I was like this; but at the same time I am proud that I am no longer like that.

{Where do we learn behaviors such as this?}
My parents never gave me the impression that I would get everything {or even anywhere close} that was on my wish list. They always taught me to say please and thank you and to give to others. Is it human nature that teaches greed? Did I learn it from my classmates in school? Society? Commercials on television?
{Or was an evil force trying to ruin what Christmas is all about?}

Society entices us to put a price tag on the holiday.
To go in debt to buy presents for loved ones.
Sometimes I have even felt that I needed to spend a lot of money so my family would know that I loved them.
Now, I fret that I haven't spent enough but I know that my gifts are heartfelt and took precious time to make.
{Gifts that are expensive and rich with love.}

and that is of God's word.

How do you celebrate the season with your family?
How do you teach your children the true meaning of Christmas?

14 thoughts:

Collette Osuna said...

Love this post hunnie...funny, as you get older..your "wants" change....:)


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Ashley Hasty said...

This is such a sweet post! We do often lose sight of the purpose of Christmas. Thanks for reminding us all. I was never able to compare number of gifts because I was an only child. I think I forgot everything I didn't get when I saw all the stuff I got. I do remember being annoyed when I got something that wasn't on my list. I did have a little brattyness in me...but didn't all little girls?

aPearantly sew said...

This is a great post! My three year old has been doing the whole... "I want that! I want that!" thing, and I really don't like it. We are trying really hard to teach him that life isn't all about him, and his wants...and that Christmas especially isn't about him! Kind of hard teaching a 3 year old that, but I hope if we start now, he will get it as he gets older!

Em {Emerging Em} said...

Such a beautiful post! I think we all learn as we get older that life (and especially Christmas) are not all about us and what we want. And like you, I'm really enjoying making a lot of presents for friends and family rather than spending a lot of money. It's nice to know that a lot of your time and love went into making the presents for other people. It's more special that way. :) Merry Christmas!

la petite coquine said...

I've always been someone who prefers to give gifts rather than receive them-I never quite feel like I've expressed my gratitude adequately!

I think media has taught everyone that more is better (just think Real Housewives, or Say Yes to the Dress), and that you are entitled to everything, which of course, you're not. But that's a hard lesson to teach kids, and sometimes I worry about trying to raise children in this culture of greed and excess. My parents traveled with us a lot when we were younger, and the contrast of our expensive hotels and the incredible poverty across the world really opened my eyes to how much I had and how little you could live with.

Watkins35 said...

great post gina :)

I was lucky that SOMEHOW (goodness knows) even as a small child I always felt incredibly grateful for anything I ever had (even if it was something I didn't particularly like/want I always appreciated it) - unlike my brother who used to make it perfectly clear.

Christmas is all about love, family, and celebrating a very special birthday. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas with yours xoxox

Michelle-esque said...

I loved this post! I was taught that I would never get handed anything that I want, and that I had to earn it. If I wanted that new dress at whatever store, I had to bring home the grades. If I wanted new shoes, I had to go work little jobs around the neighborhood like cutting their grass or baby sitting to earn cash.

During Christmas, I stopped expecting to get things on my wish list and stopped making wish lists. Having a family who loves me and supports me and my decisions is sufficient enough.

Merry almost Christmas, friend! :)

Ruthanne said...

Oooh, Gina. This post was so good. A very good reminder.

kate funk said...

I have not thought about how I would think about what I did not get for such a long time. I was very fortunate growing up and my parents usually got mostly everything we asked for, but that one or two items I didn't get I would be upset about. Ridiculous. Now I don't even make a list. I have everything I need, although of course I love beautiful things. haha Now Christmas is more about family and time together. Merry Christmas gina!! Congrats on the domain name too by the way!

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