We are at that time of year where we come together with our loved ones to eat a colossal holiday meal, play games after said meal, and participate in gift giving.
We give gifts for a variety of reasons; some feel contradictory because gifting is such a vital part of our social fabric. Our culture necessitates gift giving at times for Christmas, birthdays, and anniversaries. Other times we give gifts to build and reinforce bonds with family and friends.
One would say that we lost sight of the fundamental essence of gift giving. When we walk into the stores, we see signs that say, “for that special someone.” Advertisements for exactly what people desire are broadcasted on television and social media. When we were younger, it was easy to figure out what we wanted for Christmas since we would simply write it down on our lists to Santa.
With everything going on in the world, this is the time to reflect on what’s important and if we are giving gifts to those who matter. We should take the time to choose a gift that will last a lifetime.