Monday, December 20, 2010

christmas gift panic

would like to feel as calm and peaceful as this photo
every year, no matter what...no matter how much i declare this is the year to be frugal and sensible...every year, panic sets in around december 20. panic surrounding the christmas gifts i've acquired for those near and dear to me. did i get the right thing? the right size? is it the right color? will it arrive in time? but mostly, are there enough gifts?

why do i feel this way? if the gifts were chosen with love and caring, isn't that enough? why do i have to have this sense of panic, which drives me to run out and buy several more gifts in a kind of numb frenzy?

every year, i declare that i'm not going to let myself feel this way. and every year i fail. sadly, this year is no different.

8 comments:

Lisa at Lil Fish Studios said...

Me too. And every year, it's always more than enough and I wonder why I worried in the first place.

But here I am, panic-stricken about what I'm going to be able to make in the next few days...

nacherluver said...

Yup. I know the feeling. It's fleeting, but I know it. I tend to do a pretty good job of reasoning with the doubts and they leave as quick as they come. Must be the power of advertising and television showing us trees fully loaded with an over abundance of gifts.
Drat! Don't let it get to you. Sounds like you have your heart in the right place which is the best place to have it!

Will said...

Nice still life.

Regarding the other,you're fighting against many decades of conditioning via society, advertisers, merchants, churches ... the Christmas Conspiracy runs deep.

Elizabeth said...

That is a really calm, warm, soothing picture. Wished I could step in the scene and be there for a while.

Boom Boom Larew said...

I do the same thing. Even though my son's now an adult, I feel compelled to have "enough" packages under the tree. That said, I've slowed down a lot this year since I broke my leg and can't get out much. As a result, I've had many hours of peace and quiet in the last two months. That is truly a gift!

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tschitschi said...

at least you already got them :) !

Kim: said...

I think you hit on it with "gifts chosen with love and caring" because that's where I always start to question myself. Of course I love and care for the recipient, but that's a tall order when trying to find a gift in a limited amount of time. The people I love and care about most deserve to have someone search the world over for the perfect representation of my feelings, but instead they usually get a book or some other trinket that I thought looked interesting given the limits of resources, time and budget. And to have all of the gifting happen all at one time is, well ...

... I'm not helping, am I? :)