Sunday, December 9, 2007
Perspective on holidays changes with age
It's a little more than two weeks till Christmas, and we've already finished most of our shopping.
It helps that our kids are grown, and we don't have any grandchildren yet. In fact, the only actual children for whom we shop are my two young nephews.
We're not quite at the gift certificates or checks stage, but instead of getting each of our two kids eight or nine gifts, we're down to two or three for about the same amount of money. Of course, we've acquired a son-in-law and a prospective daughter-in-law as well, which does complicate things a little.
What's great about it though is that most of our Christmas these days is giving, not receiving.
My wife and I have most of what we need; in fact, we got a wonderful Christmas gift already in the form of the great health news I wrote about earlier this week. We'll buy something for each other, but mostly, we spend money on the people we love.
That's so much more fun than waiting and wondering whether we'll get what we want and as often as not being disappointed.
"What, no pony again?"
Yup, definitely better this way.