It was not too many years ago that my wife Vida, the Cardinal Chief of Early Christmas Shopping, would have almost all of her gifts planned out, purchased and placed in hiding weeks, if not months, ahead of the big day.
I, being a Man of the Male Gender, have been programmed by nature to procrastinate unceasingly until a certain subdued panic sets in — usually the week before Christmas — and then go shopping.
Vida, love of my life though she is, would spend the weeks during the interim proudly proclaiming that both my and the children’s presents were taken care of and warning that I’d better get with the program ... in a nice, loving, Christmas-like way of course.
But the situation has changed somewhat as the kids grew older and more numerous, and with both my and Vida’s lives getting more and more complicated. Vida no longer had the joy of accessing layaways at multiple area stores and has had to switch at least some of her strategy to “Cyber Monday” and other Internet deals. She still was involved with making Christmas purchases during the last week.
As for myself since I have not had the time to really do ANY shopping as of today (Saturday), there is more than a little internal chaos setting in, as I realize Sunday will pretty much be my last chance. Gee, can’t wait to get out there ...
Still, I realize the presents we buy are only just tokens of appreciation. They really can’t convey the love we feel for each other in our hearts. Once the stockings are empty, the unwrapping complete and the Christmas dinner consumed, we will still have each other in our lives, which is what counts.
The toys may someday be broken or lost, the games will get boring (except Phase 10 for Vida, her mom and aunt) and the clothes will be outgrown, but we will still have each other. At least that is my Christmas wish.
As we all know, not every wish comes true and when they are granted, it is never forever. So we under the roof at the Kellar Estate try and make it a point to let those we love know how much they mean to us each and every day.
OK, maybe at Christmas we may spend a little more time and put it in just a touch more effort into the process ... I mean, ‘tis the season.
And let me close with this reminder of how all of us have already been given the greatest gift:
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)
From the Kellar Estate to all of yours, have a very Merry Christmas!
Just a thought ...
Kellar is a Herald-Banner staff writer