yes, it's started, much to my dismay. Carols playing in stores, pre Christmas sales, crowds of people wherever you go * buy this, buy that*
- talk of Christmas shopping on blogs....
which got me thinking about how we all rush around at this time of year,
buying way too much
is it called the silly season because we all become ridiculously silly in regards to our gift buying frenzy?
the 3 kings of the Orient bought gifts to the infant Jesus that were special to them.
Frankincense and myrrh have healing properties so were for good health which is way more important than anything that you can buy in a store
& gold honoured the infant as a King.
All gifts were from the heart.
isn't it sensible to give gifts that are a specialty of the giver?
someone who likes to cook can give home bottled beetroot * jam or pickles * cookies or Christmas fruit cake.
Or someone who loves to sew can create things during the year to be put away in a gift drawer or trunk in readiness for Christmas - spreading the work over a few months.
I know that not everyone would like to receive things like this but simple, gifts from the heart are so much more loving than a fridge or stereo system.
I usually do my shopping, then go into the city and see all the gorgeous bits n pieces that are bought out at this time of year & end up buying way too much.
so this year * I am going to try my hardest to not get caught up in the craziness and buy or make one simple gift for each of the people on my list - personalize it with a collage card & make Christmas what it should be - a time spent with those that are important to you.