On Friday I walked through Pike Place Market on the way to my exercise session at the downtown Y, and noted the quick turn toward the next holiday in the form of lights and wreaths and garlands in Christmas green and red being set in place by a small army of workers. Santa also appeared.
Thanksgiving fades as quickly as the leftovers that we all take home. We’re soon on to the next… the next feast, the next holiday celebration.
The kids are easy to buy for, of course, and fun. But it gets harder and harder to buy for friends and family around my age, because none of us needs much any more. I try to give experiences, like a dinner out, or a donation, if I think that will matter, or time together — something that builds on the fabric of friendship rather than a thing for which a place needs to be found.
How about you? Has your gift-giving changed over the years? Curious to hear.