Alrighty folks, that time of the year is here again. The decorations are up, shopping promotions are everywhere, and kids work temporary jobs as gift wrap assistants.
Your mission, should you choose to accept it: Get a $10-$20 gift for the office Christmas gift exchange, buying useless things for someone you’ll probably don’t really care too much about.
Wait a minute, hold on to your horses.
Is this what Christmas is really all about?
I’m not saying gift exchanges are bad. I’m not saying Christmas and receiving gifts are bad. But how many of you out there are so sick and tired of having to buy a gift just because you need to? That’s no Christmas. That’s more like receiving a fine for an offence you didn’t commit.
I somehow get the sense that people are just getting weary with Christmas; year after year of splitting headaches, thinking of gift ideas after spending so much time thinking of where and what to eat daily. It is a big headache.
This year, don’t be the Grinch.
Just do this little exercise: think about the people closest to your heart.
Where are they now? What are they doing? Could they have forgotten about the good times because they are so caught up with work? Is there someone you would like to show appreciation to? Write down the names of all these special folks.
Now, go out there and buy something meaningful for them. Something that the both of you will immediately smile at when they unwrap the present. Something that signifies that special bond that you share with that person. It doesn’t have to be expensive – in fact, it could be hand made.
It also doesn’t matter if they forgot or if you don’t receive a gift back. That’s the spirit of Christmas – it’s all about giving to those important people around you; a reminder that they mean so much to you! This is the exact feeling that has been lost over the year on year commercialisation of this special day!
I once bought a Rubik’s Cube for a gift exchange many years back. Now thinking back, I wouldn’t mind one for myself. I always wanted to learn how to solve a Rubik’s Cube and unlock all of its mathematical mysteries. 🙂
Mondays Off will be reopening soon (updates on our Facebook page), and do swing by then if you still haven’t got that gift for the wonderful people in your life.
Cheers and Merry Christmas!