For most of us December either comes too soon or not fast enough. As the last stretch of the year, this month brings us closure of some sort: whether you had a restful year or experienced a few setbacks, this month beckons us to pull back, reflect on the lessons we learned, and prepare for a new start. Throughout it all, our loved ones stand by us, offering a helping hand, a weekly phone call, or the last piece of pie after a particularly rough day. This month, we say thanks for their company with thoughtful gifts.
We give gifts in times of joy, in times of sorrow, and in times of gratefulness. When we give gifts, we offer the person a piece of us. We offer our best wishes, our friendship, our advice, our patience, and our love, wrapped and delivered into their hands. No matter the gift, the simple action of giving a gift alone can make an everyday moment into a special occasion. When we give a gift, we not only mark a person as special to us, but also make the moment special too. After all, the best gift is not to be found in a box, but in the special moments we create with each other.