First let me say that I really don’t enjoy the commercial side of Christmas. I never have and I never will. For me, the holiday is more about the smells and feelings the season evokes than what I want for myself and what I want to give others. Spending time with family and friends and opening cards that come in the mail from people I may not hear from but once a year make for a perfect holiday season. Oh, snow helps!
Growing up in a household of six kids, the gift rule was to ask Santa for three gifts each. I have no idea why three was the chosen number. Rarely though did I actually get the things on my list. I can remember asking for an Easy Bake Oven that Santa didn’t bring. I’m 55 years young with way too much gray hair (OK, so I color it) but, by golly I am dying to make brownies in an Easy Bake Oven. You can bet Ansley, aka “God’s Littlest Angel” (my granddaughter) will get one from me in a few years – whether she wants to or not, we are going to bake brownies together! Do they make organic mixes for the Easy Bake Oven? In the early 1960’s when most girls were getting as their first Barbie, the puffy-haired blonde, I got the redhead. Go figure. Or the year white Go-Go boots were the rage- I got boots yes, but they weren’t the ones that were the ones to have. I can still remember going back to school after the holiday and of course, Jenny Terry sat at her desk, legs crossed, wearing her brand new to die for white Go-Go boots. She also got to have long hair. It flipped ever so perfectly on the ends just at her shoulders, too. I, on the other hand had a pixie cut. Or the year signet rings were the gift to get for Christmas. Yep, sterling silver signet rings. I got a gold one instead – in an unusual style and unusual font. Jenny Terry got the real thing…
Now don’t get me wrong- I haven’t had to spend years in therapy getting over Christmases past. What I think actually happened was I learned to be unique and not follow the trends. And, I will say my mother made the most wonderful clothes for our Barbies’ that no store bought Barbie outfit could compete with. By the way, I still have my Barbie, the case and most of the clothes my mother made. What love and care she took making those clothes. Not to mention the time!
Looking back on all those years I am thankful that I didn’t get what every other girl my age was getting. In other words, I like to think the gifts I got were not ordinary but extraordinary. Not part of commercialism but, standing for creativity instead.
As a young mother I kept to the rule of three gifts for each of my kids. I also tried to give extraordinary and not ordinary. But, I guess you would have to ask my kids what they thought of their gifts. Now that’s a story for another day, right? Or maybe a therapy session?
With all that said, the holiday season does in fact promote materialistic gift giving. Therefore, in the spirit of giving I have three things that IF I could buy them for you I would. And, IF you asked me suggestions of what to give to someone else, these three things would be my suggestions. Here they are:
A Nebulizer ~ Absolutely, positively the smell of your home is the most important thing to be aware of. Using a nebulizer with 100% organic essential oils will send wonderful aromas through your space and at the same time, the oils will actually alter and affect the energy of your space. Read my recent post, “Aromatherapy In Your Home” to learn more.
Cast Iron Cookware ~ What better way to cook? What better way to be environmentally friendly at the same time? Start with an iron skillet and add other cast iron cookware at other gift giving/receiving times of the year. Read my recent post, “A Cast Iron Skillet – The Only Must Have For Your Kitchen” to learn more about cooking with cast iron.
A Living Plant ~ Nothing like literally going green! Your homespace (and airspace) will thank you for bringing nature inside. A plant, a terrarium or even a teacup fairy garden will create a healthy environment for you and add immeasurably to your décor. Read Becky Balzer’s recent post, “Top Twelve Best Indoor Plants For Purifying The Air” and Jennie Stockslager’s post, “The Magic Of Fairy Gardening” as guides to what to buy.
So, there you have it. My materialistic holiday gift wish list for you. If you are still out there shopping, throw in one or heck, all three of these items for yourself or someone on your list. And, while you are out there in the hustle-bustle of the holiday season, hum the tune from the old Coke commercial, circa 1971 called, “I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing (In Perfect Harmony)” and think about living in perfect harmony. It was actually this song that somehow came to my mind while walking in nature one day and inspired me to create “Living in Perfect Harmony”. Back in December of 2006 a chance encounter on an airplane woke me up to the realization that life is all about spreading kindness and caring while at the same time accepting the past. From that chance encounter I decided that for the rest of my life I wanted to strive to live in perfect harmony with not just myself but all of humanity as well. And guess what, everything begins in the home. How we live in our homes, what we surround ourselves with in our homes, how we treat others and ourselves in our homes – all this sets the stage for what we do in the outside world. So if I can, I will teach the world, one person at a time to live in perfect harmony. And as the words from another song , ”Let There Be Peace On Earth” play in my head right now, I do wish for peace on Earth. Let it begin with me.
To living in perfect harmony…