Dear friends, 'tis once again the season. That time of the year when people gather together in remembrance of those things most important to the American psyche – family, friends, and sheer, unmitigated capitalism. Christmas is the multinational corporation's most favored holiday, and for good reason. Americans spend more during the period between Thanksgiving and New Years Eve than they do any other time of the year. Even before Thanksgiving has wiped the cold turkey grease off its lips, businesses begin advertising specials, offerings and other cold-blooded ploys to get you into their stores or online platforms so they can wring the very last dollar out your hide But all this capitalism with a capital C isn't all what Christmas is about. Sometimes, its the little things.
What's the most precious gift you've ever received?
Most people can remember theirs almost immediately. Odds are, it isn’t the most expensive gift you’ve even received, or the impressive. It’s the one that spoke to your heart and made you feel most loved.
That's the thing about gifts, you see.
The ones that are most precious to us are the ones that invoke the most feelings. Maybe they remind us of a special time or a place we once went to. Oftentimes, they remind us that the person who gave us the gift really cared, because they found or bought this precious item knowing specially what you loved.
The best gifts stick with us long after they've gone.
Even after you’ve worn all the fuzziness off that prized bear, or sipped the last drop of that merlot – you know, the one your hubby had to go all the way to France for – you can always remember what it felt, smelled or tasted like.
Just the thought of it can put a smile on your face.
Depending on the particular poignancy of the gift, it can even bring tears to your eyes and make you go back to the exact place you were when you first got that gift. It’s like smelling your favorite fragrance – just one whiff can take you back.
One woman reminded us of this when she posted a thread to Twitter this weekend.
She spoke about the best gift she’d ever gotten, the details surrounding which had most of the internet (and us) grabbing a tissue and crying along.