"Giving is so often thought of in terms of the things we give, but our greatest giving is of our time and kindness, and even comfort for those who need it. We look on these gifts as unimportant - until we need them". J.S. Hifler
Regardless of written or mental, we are all making lists, of gift giving ideas....I toss into the ring for consideration a gift that is less materialistic and certainly from the heart.
My very dear friend and I decided a few years ago that we would much rather spend time together than exchange gifts. (Turns out that in itself is a gift because it eliminates some shopping) So now we dedicate time together to celebrate the holiday and our friendship!
We've made cookies, gone to lunch, toured a mansion that was decorated for the holidays, even stayed in while enjoying comfort food, watching a holiday movie and drinking hot chocolate. I think the element of playing hooky from our regular daily responsibilities as Moms, also contributes to the fun!
The gift of sharing time with others is something that can obviously take place all year long. At times it is for social, joyous reasons, but it is so very important to extend ourselves to those in our lives in their time of need as well. The tricky part is being aware when that need arises. It's so difficult to ask for help. Letting them know we are here to listen or sometimes even offer comic relief......can you say show tunes?? Everyone needs their "go to tribe" to draw from. I am blessed to be surrounded by wonderful people in my life, who each play an amazing role as my safety net in life! Personal challenges are just that bit more manageable when we know we have someone waiting in the wings.