Christmas was exceedingly satisfying this year and I think that had a lot to do with the recession: more thought and less money.
Family members noticed our bird feeders and provided seed. A sister-in-law remembered a comment about us needing a large towel to go to the pool at the YMCA and scored a great price at the Linens and Things Going Out of Business sale. Money went into the kids’ college funds. Knowing we still have to finish some work on our latest project our nephew and niece got us a gift certificate for a local home improvement store.
A visit from a high school friend and her mother, a fire in the fireplace, trying some new recipes, reading Christmas cards and admiring the photographs stuck inside them. Spending a few hours looking at old family postcards as far back as 1918, reading the notes and then passing them along to the next generation. Great homemade cookies from friends, family, and customers.
This Christmas we returned to “it’s the thought that counts.” It was a great thought that I hope we don’t lose when the economy improves.