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Just remember, it's the thought that counts...

Some of my favorite things this Holiday have been time spent doing or being with friends. Just eating a meal together or bopping out on the Porch to find a tin of homemade candy and homemade cookies have been priceless.

I'm sure there will be many folks who will venture out today to buy last-minute gifts or "just one more thing" so that the space under the tree is completely filled.  We've all grown accustomed to adding debt or burning cash in a mad dash attempt to express our love and/or adoration for those around us.  Consider these thoughts...

  • A hug means more to someone who needs love than some pricey gadget
  • Giving your time - to family, friends, and others - will stay with them longer than a material thing
  • A phone call to a seldom called relative means more than a gift card

My point is this:

We've grown accustomed to spending money, which we work hard to earn, to buy gifts that express how we feel.  Money is a rather cold thing actually and just because we spend a lot of money on something doesn't mean we really care.  I think you understand what I mean by the points above, giving of ourselves is a better way to express how we feel than "stuff".

I'm sure this blog will do absolutely nothing to change the consumer driven sentiment pounded into our heads all year long.  So, if you really want to spend a few bucks try this:

Buy experiences

Buy things that people can actually do and those events will likely last much longer than any "stuff" you buy.  Some suggestions include:

  • Passes for a favorite sport (golf, bowling, batting cages, etc)
  • A stockcar driving experience
  • A first flying lesson
  • Skydiving
  • A short trip (daytrip)
  • A tour somewhere interesting

Anyway, enjoy Christmas Eve and the holidays.  No matter what, this is a good time.

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