Late yesterday afternoon I was scurrying around desperately trying to find two small gifts for my kids to give them on the second night of Hanukkah -- which was last night. (Nothing like planning ahead!) I knew that if I didn't hit it right, the chins would drop, even though I knew they would try real hard to look delighted. (They're great kids.) But, honestly, I couldn't help but think, "I've got to be crazy to put myself under this kind of stress."
So, we lit our Hanukkah candles. And I delivered. All were happy and the world continued to rotate.
This morning, I was still thinking about what I put myself through -- and I have 6 more days to do it -- so I looked for a little positive reinforcement to take me through the holiday. Here are some quotes I found that you might find useful as you brave the cold and the crowds throughout the holiday season:
"Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it." –William A. Ward
"I hate the giving of the hand unless the whole man accompanies it." –Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Nothing's as mean as giving a little child something useful for Christmas." –Kin Hubbard
“The value of a man resides in what he gives and not in what he is capable of receiving.” –Albert Einstein
“It is better to give than receive- especially advice” –Mark Twain
“One would give generous alms if one had the eyes to see the beauty of a cupped receiving hand.” –Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“The manner of giving is worth more than the gift.” –Pierre Corneille
“Give, and you may keep your friend it you lose your money; lend, and the chances are that you lose your friend if ever you get back your money” –Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton
"Each day comes bearing its own gifts. Untie the ribbons." –Ruth Ann Schabacker
"SHOP IN ADVANCE TO AVOID GETTING A HEART ATTACK." –Diane Adler, www.wevemovedgifts.com
Wishing you Happy (and not so stressful) Holidays!