To celebrate .... or not to celebrate? My husband and I have been back and forth on this one.... On the one hand, everything seems so commercialized. For Easter, you have baskets and chocolate bunnies and peeps; for Valentine's Day, "every kiss begins with Kay" and flowers and chocolates are in order; for your anniversary, it can go from cards to romantic getaways.... and Christmas....well, Christmas can quickly get waaay out of hand...so much so, that folks are still paying for those "perfect" gifts six months later with interest. Birthdays tend to follow the same route as Christmas...only you're buying for one person instead of the 60 people you feel obligated to awe with a Christmas gift. "Obligated"...that's where the hitch comes in. That is one of the main reasons we (my husband and I) have this discussion....well, that and commercialism. As far as celebrations go, we've done it both ways ... we've celebrated big and we've pretty much passed "holidays" and "occasions" without so much as a second glance.
However, it has come to me in my contemplations lately that people really do need to celebrate. The desire is in us to capture moments of time and relive them and feel some of the joy or to simply feel as tho things in life are truly worth celebrating. When we pass by events such as birthdays, anniversaries, Valentine's day, Christmas, etc without celebrating, we forfeit an opportunity to step outside the trappings of our daily routine and celebrate life, love, and living with someone who means something to us. Don't get me wrong, I'm certainly not advocating stocking up on peeps (tho they are tasty...LOL) and running up the credit card at Christmas. I'm simply saying acknowledging these events boosts our spirits and gives us a moment to take another look at those things we take for granted. Simple gestures, such as a note, hand picked flowers, a walk, a sit by the river, something homemade for Christmas....something infused with time and love, can go a long way and remind others that we are grateful they are in our lives. And okay, an occasional store bought gift never hurt either....LOL
Having come to the end of this, it somehow seems less profound than when it was swirling in my head. I think maybe I had convinced myself that we don't need to celebrate....and then it occurred to me, that yes....our spirits do need it...we need times of rising above the mundane...times of festivity and cheer. We need to feel the joy that comes from making someone else feel loved and cherished, and we need to feel loved and cherished. And that's just how I feel about it. :)