Hustle and bustle are two words to best describe the days between Thanksgiving and Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza or other holidays our families may celebrate.
Shop less and make memories instead
This year, rather than focusing on what presents to buy, I am looking at the holidays through the lens of giving the most important gift of all – the gift of time. I believe it will save my sanity (as well as my wallet!) but most importantly, gifts of time can deliver experiences from which treasured memories are made.
Free gifts are the best! Give one-Get one!
Give the Gift of Your Attention. “The most precious gift we can offer anyone is our attention.”
Give the Gift of Kindness. “Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”
Give the Gift of Time. “Your time is your life.”
Give the Gift of Not Judging.
Give the Gift of a Compliment.
With these thoughts in mind, this year I’m making “gift certificates” to give my boys. Here are a few of my favorites!
- A one-on-one, afternoon (or hour or more) of undivided time with me to do an activity of their choosing (within reason).
- Immediate uninterrupted homework help upon request.
- Making a breakfast/lunch/dinner of all of their favorites and then actually sitting down with no technology to talk and laugh and just enjoy being with each other.
Share the love with yourself and others
Please be certain to give yourself a gift and take time for yourself during the next few weeks too. Always be certain to tell each person in your household how much you love and cherish them and how important they are in your lives.
We cherish the families we work with every day, know how very important you are to all of us at Birmingham Pediatrics!
Wishing you and yours a very happy, healthy, stress-free holiday season!