the best gifts i’ve received throughout my life were the kinds that told me that the giver cares for me, thought of me, and wants the best for me. i’m not going to be idealistic and say that they were all zero-dollar gifts. that’s rubbish. however all of them were costly in the ways in which it counts.
christmas has never really been about family for me. maybe it’s my buddhist upbringing. maybe it’s my church experiences. whatever the cause, to me christmas has always been about giving and gratitude. complain all you want about the stress of shopping, the financial burden, and having to meet up with a bunch of people that you’ll probably only see again next christmas (i’ve been the expert on that); the reality is that i know what i’ve been given–great friends, reconciliation within my family, a roof over my head, and a college education. that’s already far far more than what much of the world can hope for, and i can’t help but to want to let those around me know that i appreciate them.
alrighty, enough sentiment. have a happy christmas, folks!