Welcome to my digital writing journal, or mydigitalclutter. What started as a family blog almost two years ago has morphed into my writing therapy. This is where I do a lot of free writing, mostly about my life with my family and the things that catch my interest. While nowhere even close to perfect, in each post I like to see how my writing is changing with time and practice. Most posts are left unedited for this reason, so if you don't mind, take the journey with me.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Every year I try to come up with a gifts for family and friends that gives twofold. I receive joy in either creating or buying it, knowing that it is something they will love, and seeing family and friends' smiles when they open their gift, something that was selected just for them.
A couple of years ago, I decided to be crafty. It's something I don't naturally excel at, so I was determined to do something spectacular. While I don't know if my family and friends felt that it was spectacular, I felt the special feeling one can only experience when doing something for someone else. I sat, night after night, in front of a sewing machine. Oh, don't get ahead of yourself and think I actually sewed something, because I didn't. It was actually my sister in-law's embroidery machine. Ordinary blankets soon became a personal item, with a name and a picture, chosen specifically for the recipient by one of my dear children. Monetarily, this was not an expensive gift. In fact, it was rather cheap. But the fact remains that there was joy in my home making the gift. While my daughter helped tie festive bows around the blankets when we were done, I could see the giving fever had touched her too. After all, isn't that what it is all about? Giving?
This year I've been bitten again by the giving bug. I think to myself about those in my life who have been so generous with either time, love, talents, and worldly goods to my family and myself. I am crafting something in my head as well as physically, and I can't wait to share. After all, isn't that one of the most important lessons we try to instill in our children? That Christmas is about giving and not receiving?
*Thanks to Google for the image*