Saturday, November 26, 2011

And so it begins...

Yesterday was the first day of the official shopping season for Christmas: Black Friday for those of you who aren't versed in American lingo. We avoid the sale shopping frenetics and spend the day perusing ornaments. Over hill and dale, we shop for the perfect bobble, until we are blurred from from fatigue, we return home with trinkets for our tree. 
 The Grinch would grimace at all of the sparkles and glitter there is to behold (as would Conchscooter), 
but the initiation of Christmas cheer and good will is one we never pass up.  
It is tempting to view the season as a glutton of solipsism or one that threatens to put us in a financial crunch because our obligation to give is focused on the shiniest, newest as opposed to meaningful. But if that's all it has become, then it is one that should be cast off immediately.   
 Gift giving should be the search to find the best gift for the person to whom one is giving and one that will make their heart light -not the gift that will impress them the most. And no mistake it is no small task to give a gift that is meaningful without bankrupting oneself. 
Yet the toil is light when viewed from one's memory and one recalls the eyes lit up, the lips in a broad smile as the gift is lifted from the box and into the arms of the one it was purchased it for.  
Truly, the right spirit of Christmas, as the Grinch came to learn, is about giving and sharing and thought for all we come into contact with. 
So each year, we celebrate the first day by finding the perfect ornament to commemorate the day. The one that will remind us of the good will we experience during the season and the one which we hope will continue on throughout the New Year. 

What traditions do you have that keep the true spirit of Christmas? 


  1. I love giving gifts, but I find coming up with ideas for the right gift so difficult. Just the way my mind works (or doesn't)...I envy those lucky people brimming with creative ideas.

    Christmas traditions since coming to Canada include two essential family activities: decorating the house with lights, and visiting a nearby farm, walking up and down a field full of trees, and choosing the perfect Christmas tree for our living room.

  2. I avoid shopping day after Thanksgiving at all costs.

    My tradition is to give to those in need. :)

  3. I avoid the whole gift giving mess. I prefer to give a gift any time i find a suitable one. But someone has to post pretty Xmas pictures! Let it be you!

  4. What a great way of describing it. The Grinch came on Black Friday. Oh dear i hope those involved are thoroughly ashamed of themselves!

    Considerate giving is so important at Christmas. happy 1st Sunday in Advent.

  5. I am not organised for Christmas at all. Thankfully it's going to be a really "stripped back" Christmas this year. Or supposedly luckily anyway...feels a bit 'flat'!

  6. Aha! I asked this very question on twitter - what is Black Friday? And some lovely trinkets in those pictures. Happy shopping my dear! x

  7. I have never done the Black Friday thing. I just don't get it. Besides which I don't like the crowds and all that stuff just makes me bit sick to my stomach.

    However I love Christmas and one tradition is putting up the tree on the 20th of December.

  8. It's been my experience that Christmas never lives up to the hype. The pretty pictures you post instill within me a certain feeling about Christmas. However, my own Xmas has never given me this feeling. It's been a downer for sure.

  9. For us, it's the little things. Simple things. Putting up the tree. Spending time with family and friends. Walking around the neighborhood at night, looking at the lights. The lights are my favorite part.

  10. I hate crowds and shopping, but I do love giving gifts!


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