Ross: “I’ve been given the gift of time!”
Chandler: “Now, that’s so funny, because last Christmas I got the gift of space. We should get them together and make a continuum.”
So what did you get for Christmas? Did you get what you wanted, did you get something you needed or were you stumped for a response to a gift you weren’t expecting?
Extra money spent doesn’t guarantee the present is going to be received well. Cost shouldn’t even enter the decision on Christmas presents, particularly for someone like me who is out of work or anybody struggling for a few quid. Thinking outside the box or finding something very appropriate to an individual becomes more important.
I got some fantastic gifts this year, the helpful suggestion list on the fridge helped! But of all the presents I saw exchanged this Christmas, three in particular stood out.
The first two were gifts I gave to people. As I’ve been out of work for so long, my budget has had to be tailored to suit my means. I get great support from my family but I can’t be careless with money. As a result, when I attended my friends’ wedding this year I had to ask my mate if he wanted me on the stag do or a present as I couldn’t do both. It was a little embarrassing bringing it up but I’ve grown a thicker skin these past two years and it had to be done.
At the wedding I was asked to do one of the readings, a reading which was very special to my friends. Therefore for Christmas I decided to hand-write and frame some of the reading to mark their big day. Money never came into it, instead I put my TIME into trying to get the gift right.
Similarly I had to try to find something for my sister and brother-in-law that wouldn’t cost a cent. I fashioned a crude gift certificate entitling them to one nights babysitting including the next morning. It’s hard for parents to truly relax when they go out because they know they’ll be up at cock-crow with their children. So if I stay over I can allow them both to have a lie on the next morning. Again money was no issue because all I’m giving them is my TIME but I think it’ll mean something to them.
Those two were gifts I gave but to receive a similar present was the highlight of my Christmas. What my god-daughter gave me meant the world to me. It was special because I know she gave up some precious time to think about what to give me and then to follow through and put it together.
I got a four-picture frame with photos of us at 3 & 14 years old, 7 & 18, 18 & 29 and a single photo of myself at the recent awards ceremony. The frame on its’ own is a good present but to trace the two of us over the years by adding in the photos made it a great present. Again I know the TIME and thought that went into the present.
“Like time, there’s always time
On my mind
So pass me by, I’ll be fine
Just give me time”
Tonight people all over the world will count down to midnight and attempt to ring in the New Year in style. It’s not for me. I always wanted to work on New Year’s Eve but without work, I’ll be in bed before midnight tonight and I won’t be missing out on anything. I’m wishing for a much improved 2014 but I don’t need to be awake at 00:00 for that to happen.
I love my friends and family and I’ll continue to give my TIME to helping them out and, as clichéd as it sounds, just being there for them when they need me. Because, and this Christmas confirmed it to me again, they will be there with their TIME when I need them too.
If someone doesn’t want to be out and about at midnight tonight, maybe they are like me and just don’t like the event. However, they may also be like me and a little depressed or struggling with something. Just to be on the safe side make sure your New Year resolution is to give all those who are important to you your TIME in 2014. Just remember “I’ll be fine, just give me time.”
Happy New Year to one and all!