To be honest, I have mixed feelings about the Holiday Season. A part of me is uncomfortable with the commercial aspect of Christmas, yet another part appreciates the spirit of cheer that permeates this time of year. I think the latter is what matters most.
For one thing, I love giving gifts. I can debate all I want in my mind about the spending and the accumulation of stuff, but the feeling that wells up in a person’s heart when they receive that little something that brings a moment of carefree, child-like joy to the moment is priceless. I remember receiving gifts that lighten my heart the moment they catch my eye, to this day.
The older I get, the more I am able to embrace that undeniable little something that changes the world, one person at a time, during this time of year. We open our hearts and give, even to strangers.
We never know the true consequences, but I bet many a life has been changed, for the better, the moment a special little something was received. It might have been an object, a meal or even money. It does not matter. All that matters is the reaching out and the playfulness. That changes everything. I am certain it even saves lives.
I normally do not make Holiday-specific items, but I gave in this year. The colors of fabrics inspired me, I suppose. What if these end up in the hands of someone who is deeply touched by the gift? Well worth it.
Recently, I added a Holiday CD Case Gift Pouch to my collection. This week, inspiration led me to create my first Christmas ornament, and I am glad I did. Just making it softened my heart away from the fear and drama that overwhelm the world at this time. I hope it can light a spark of peace, hope and joy in the hearts of those who receive it, or add it to their Holiday decor.