A Gift-less Christmas Is Still Christmas

A Gift-less Christmas Is Still Christmas

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I didn’t buy a single Christmas gift this year. And it was such a relief.

Now that it is Christmas day, I can look back and realize that this was a stress-free holiday for me. It was nice not worrying about finding gifts that people will like and use. I didn’t have to find free-shipping deals or store discounts. I didn’t have to fend off crazy mall shoppers and drivers. There was no need to worry about spending too much money or fearing January credit card bills. Even my evenings were free from spending hours on crafting gifts.

Now, I do like the idea of gift giving. Giving someone a gift as a token of appreciation that you are grateful for having them in your life. And to be honest with you, I was nervous about not having gifts for people I love in my life. I felt very guilty and, well, strange, telling my friends that I was postponing Christmas until my income was more stable. Even though everyone understood, I still felt weird about it.

One friend in particular who is also going through a difficult time, said she was relieved when I told her about my holiday postponing because she didn’t have money for many gifts either. However, instead of giving her a gift, I reminded her that I appreciate our friendship more than any “token of appreciation” could show and I was very grateful for having her in my life. By her reaction, I knew that it meant a lot to her. In fact, I’m sure that it meant more than any book, dvd, or experience could convey. Also, as my friend, I know she wouldn’t want to see me go into more debt or face not being able to pay a bill just to buy her a gift.

Some of you might be thinking, “but the shopping and wrapping is all essential to Christmas!” I agree, which is why it did feel strange not purchasing any gifts this year. But I still spent time with friends and visited with family. It might have felt less “Christmasy” since I wasn’t out shopping or wrapping gifts, but I really can’t say I missed it.

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One Reply to “A Gift-less Christmas Is Still Christmas”

  1. I so agree with you and my husband and I wish we could do something similar with our families. We appreciate the time so much more than gifts and if I want to buy something for someone, I know I’d like to be surprised by a little token in May or August rather than at Christmas when I know someone had to find something quick in order to mark me off a list.

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