Friday, December 14th, 2018

A A Vision of Youth by Breonna Loxley
The Season of Giving



THE SEASON OF GIVING




Merry Christmas, Dear Readers! There is so much to love about this time of year; the Christmas trees, the sparkling lights, the smell of sugar cookies in the air… and especially the giving. I love Christmas shopping. Shopping for others is, in my opinion, far more enjoyable than shopping for myself. Wrapping gifts has always been something I’ve enjoyed whole-heartedly, even if it’s something I can’t execute masterfully. You can never go wrong with a gift that has a special meaning or invokes a shared memory. A few years ago, I wrote my mom a letter every day for a year and gave her the journal for Christmas. Even one letter, though, could make a meaningful gift. A handmade card, a framed picture, a personalized craft—these are things that make the receiver feel loved.



Purchasing handmade gifts is another way to present something unique and heartfelt. Supporting local businesses and artists (such as those featured here in The Shopper) helps sustain creative and ambitious individuals. Unlike large chain stores, these shops depend on every purchase. What you can’t find in person, you’re sure to find online—candles of all imaginable scents and shapes, one of a kind artwork and handcrafted pop culture merchandise. For those loved ones who ask not to receive physical gifts, making a donation in their name to a local animal shelter or other nonprofit is a special way to make them smile, while also benefiting those less fortunate.


I love Christmas shopping.
Shopping for others is,
in my opinion,
far more enjoyable
than shopping for myself.



Giving gifts to our loved ones is a wonderful and fun tradition, as long as we remember Christmas is about so much more than monetary things. It’s a season when people seem more inclined to smile, to hope, and to give. Their step is more jaunty, their spirit more bright, their heart more joyful. It is about the people we love, and small gestures that show we care. This is why Christmas is my favorite holiday. It is a season of giving, but not just trinkets in boxes and bags. The best gifts, the truly wonderful ones, are those of time and love.




Breonna Loxley is an animal care technician at an animal shelter. She is an avid artist, writer, and animal-lover. She lives with her parents, a younger brother, two cats, and one dog.