If you watch much television (I confess…), it probably is starting to feel like you have GOT to rush to the store RIGHT NOW if you want to have a happy holiday and gifts for everyone. With supply chain disruptions, either the gifts are not going to be there at all – or there will be NOTHING your friends and family will enjoy receiving. Not so fast, my friend.
We’ve just been through a worldwide pandemic. We are STILL in a worldwide pandemic. We have seen lives disrupted, disorganized, dysfunctional, and gone altogether. A few trinkets missing from under the tree are hardly going to leave us shaking in our boots at this point. So take a deep breath and don’t let them suck you into a panic.
Christmas has never been about gifts. If it IS for you and yours, then maybe this is the time to pause and reflect a little more deeply. At Thanksgiving, we are supposed to cherish actual time together with friends and family. Why, then, on the very next day are we supposed to become these ruthless consumers who will crawl over somebody’s fallen carcass in the doorway of a department store to get at a big plastic monolithic toy that the kiddos will forget 24 hours after it is opened? Nah. That was way back in 2019. This is 2021.
Rather than leave the spirit of Thanksgiving in the dumpster, along with the rest of that green bean casserole, let’s keep it going. Rather than worrying and fretting over the supply chain not delivering the latest greatest electronic goody, why don’t we instead focus on fostering the “supply chain” of love and care for others? Food pantries are paying more for food – just as we are. We can be a little bit of sunshine in THEIR supply chain by dropping of actual food items or cash. Got coins gathering in a jar somewhere in your home? They can do a lot more good by being tossed into those Salvation Army kettles than taking up space on our dressers. Kids worried about the holidays? Help them find ways to be part of the supply chain of love as well. They can make handmade cards that can be used by several organizations to brighten the holidays for military personnel, those who are hospitalized, the elderly in senior care facilities.
My husband and I are very grateful this year to have been able to spend Thanksgiving with our son and daughter-in-law. It was so marvelous to see their faces, hear their laughter, enjoy hearing about their activities. It reminded me, once again, of how precious our TIME is as a gift to one another.
Be strong in the onslaught of advertising. Buy local and shop small where you can. Do things together. Where one can make a dent, many can move a mountain.