Sunday, December 26, 2010

Give Her the Day

The presents are all unwrapped, the turkey has been eaten, the relatives have come and gone and the wrapping paper is put out with the trash. The kids are busy with their new toys, and it’s looking like life might be able to return to some semblance of normal. Now that Christmas is over, it’s time to take a deep breath and relax, right?

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I wonder if all the Christmas hype is really worth it. I’m not talking about the real meaning of Christmas, the celebration of Christ’s birth; that deserves celebrating. Nor am I talking about the idea of Christmas being a time of love and family. I love my family and I love to show them I love them. It’s always wonderful when we can get everyone together; something that’s getting harder and harder as the years go by.

No, I think what bothers me about Christmas is all the commercialism. I think I could enjoy it a whole lot more if Christmas hadn’t become the holiday of emptying out the stores, and emptying out our bank accounts too. So, when it is finally over, I am ready for that sigh and deep breath.

Day 65 – Nothing wrong with taking that deep breath, or even relaxing; but I’ve got a better idea. Since you’ve got today free before going back to work, why not give your wife one last present. I’m not talking about one of those presents that you go out and buy; and it’s really not something you can put under the tree. No, it’s something much more precious than that.

Why not give your wife the gift of time? I mean, give her the whole day; that kind of time. Take today, and give it to your wife, so that the two of you spend the entire day doing whatever she wants to do. You could even make her a little gift card or gift certificate on your computer, put it in an envelope and give it to her over your morning coffee.

After all the hustle and bustle of getting ready for Christmas, and all the work of cooking the Christmas meal, a day together might just be the medicine she needs to get to the point where she can take that deep breath and relax. So, spend some time together, enjoy yourselves, and relax.

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