When the calendar reads November and we are about to flip the page to December, inevitably, those words some of us dread are spoken aloud.
What would you like for Christmas?
For some, it is easy peasy and those kids/people can fill a sheet of college rule lined notebook paper and then turn it over and fill the back. For other kids/people, it is a daunting task.
Sure, sure, we would all love: World Peace, Food Banks Filled to overflowing, Animal Shelters turning away donations, because they have more than enough food, volunteers, and money……
However, for some of us who celebrate this holiday, in addition to giving and sharing with others and worthy causes, we would very much like to give each family member or friend a gift or two.
We as the givers would really love to give them something that they would like.
Sure we give experiences. Yes, we make donations in people’s names and give to charity. Yes, we try our very best to listen and then write down ideas that our people may want or need. Thank you, Jesus, sometimes we find the “perfect” gift for the perfect person.
Often times its kids that have a hard time articulating exactly what they would like. On the other hand, sometimes it’s husbands that have almost zero wishes. Or adult children really don’t want to give people a list.
What would you like for your birthday and/or Christmas? “I would like a pair of socks, maybe a bag of potato chips.”
(This is just a hypothetical scenario. I am not using names to protect the sad list makers of our lives.)
Seriously, it is tricky for said “giver”. Today my plan is to purchase one pair of socks. I can give him one sock for his birthday and one sock for Christmas. Done. (Just kidding)
I happen to have come across a brilliant, simple, easy peasy…lemon squeezie idea on momastry.com She wrote down this little poem and asked her children to come up with & write down 4 things. Everyone, no matter the age can write down 4 things.
That seems simple and doable.
Here’s the poem:
A gentle suggestion, this year before you ask the question……….how about asking nicely, I just need you to write down 4 things? simple. easy peasy.
Here I’ll go first!
Something you want………I want a heavy duty, folding potato masher.
Something you need…….. I need Italian Roast coffee beans.
Something to wear…….. I would like a new gray sweater.
Something to read…… I would like a new cookbook.
Pretty painless and quick. Oh sure, you can give more details like where to purchase or make an Amazon wishlist or give store names or websites…… The idea is to stick with 4 things.
Nothing overwhelming, not too time-consuming and pretty darn easy, for all of us.
In this together, friends.
Ps. Full disclosure. I borrowed this picture from google images. Yes, I have white rocking chairs. Yes, I took off the autumnal pillow covers I made. I am still searching for Buffalo Plaid fabric to sew covers for my pillows. Fingers crossed this weekend.