“You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give."
Every year I struggle during the holidays. We are minimalists. It can be very hard for people to understand, accept, not judge or honor our way of life. It can be hard to stay true to our beliefs without hurting others, and worse it can be very hard to teach our children when family and friends around them choose to express sincere love through materialism and giving in the season. We understand everyone’s motives and are grateful for the love, but at times would appreciate seeing it in other ways we are all capable.
I often hear ‘Oh, just this once.’ ‘Get in the spirit, it’s what it’s all about!’ ‘It’s not going to hurt them.’ Well, it is not about ‘not’ being in the spirit and it can hurt them. First and foremost, Christmas is about a birth, faith, love and spirit.
Secondly, a gift can be many other things we cherish. Time spent with the family, children or those who don’t have anyone, a phone call, coffee date, a walk. We as a family often ask for donations in our name to a charity then proceed to learn with the children about the people we are helping.
The homemade gift is one we do well and love in return for the right spirit comes with it. We aren’t ungrateful. We walked a hard year and are very appreciative to those helping our kids have a Christmas this year…we just feel we live life more fully with less overall and want to share that wealth with you
So I challenge you this year when you reach for your pocket book….stop by a retirement home with a poinsettia and visit with those who don’t have anyone. Don’t judge the person asking for a handout on the street, rather buy them a meal no questions asked. Go through your home and give away much of what you don’t really need; food, clothes, old games, movies. What you may see as nothing special may be the world to another. Just try to look at the holiday through different eyes this year and you may just walk away with a whole new definition.
One final note, this month marks one year from the start of this vision. We have come a long way in defining what we want it to be, changing names, ideas and its vision. We are walking slowly for it is not a race, but it doesn’t mean we have stopped believing in what it will be one day! Thank you for walking with us and thank you for BELIEVING.
Blessings to you and yours this season,
Andrea, Gerry, Bernadette (7) and Maryn (5)