It’s customary at this time of year to exchange gifts with beloved ones (and sometimes with those to whom one feels obligated). The whole practice of shopping ’til it hurts for the sake of one day of the year repulses me; however, a few meaningful presents given in appreciation and love can be delightful.
My boyfriend, a few friends, and some relatives gave me lovely items this Solstice/Christmas-tide. But the most wonderful gift I received from everyone was time, attentiveness, caring, and relaxed visiting. All of these, to me, feel in concert with the deep time of the year in which we find ourselves. For these gifts, dear ones, thank you. This beautiful exchange has been wondrous. Long may it continue.