I woke up.
Pretty impressive eh? I’m off to make a 40’s dress, iron the “tree skirt” and then put PRESENTS under the tree. Do you have any idea how much I LOVE presents? I love thinking about what’d bless the socks off someone. I love choosing the perfect paper, ribbons, and wrapping it within an inch of it’s box! I love wondering if the recipient can guess what I got. If they’ll love it as much as I loved giving it. I love presents!
I’ve often wondered where I got this deep need to give. I LOVE to give. I love even more giving anonymously. There is nothing more marvelous than the sheer joy of letting others see how much they mean to us by putting a token of our affection in a package and wrapping it up to delay that gratification just a bit. Have you ever noticed that this is one area where we still delay gratification? Gift bags tried to make it easier but it’s still a delay. We hold off the final receipt of a gift for as long as possible. I think it’s beautiful.
Like many people who just love to give, I have a hard time receiving. Why is that? According to “Love Languages” theory, I should love getting gifts as much as I love giving them but really, it makes me uncomfortable. Why is that? I know I’m not the only one like me. I’ve met many people who love to give and feel awkward to receive. Why is this?
I do know that a few years I realized my FAVORITE way to receive though, is when I can open something on MY terms. (how selfish is that?). I really have a hard time being in the center of attention as I open it. It’s miserable for me. If something arrives in the mail and I get to just open it when I have a moment to really enjoy it, it’s so fun to be the recipient. I love that feeling of “Wow, how did they know…” but when I’m on ‘display’ and feel on the spot, it’s an entirely different situation.
Isn’t that weird?