My mother once hosted a sit-down Christmas dinner for 44. She was a basket case for a week leading up to the big day, so much so that I felt it was affecting her ability to enjoy the holiday. When I asked her about it, she told me (for the millionth time), “Christmas is for kids”. Now a mother myself, I totally get it, but want to amend the statement. Christmas is for kids, and for millionaires.
Really. Why are the holidays so damn expensive? Halloween set me back a pretty penny. I have yet to do my Thanksgiving grocery shopping, but it’s gonna get ugly. And Christmas? Just my cards alone, though ridiculously cute, cost more than the last box of Twinkies on Ebay.
Then, just when I was about to be completely bah humbugged out, this happened.
I was speaking with the mother of two daughters in their early 20’s. Mom had just celebrated her birthday, and hadn’t wanted her girls to spend what little money they have on a gift for her. Instead, she asked for one text message a day for a year.
Any time of day, as short or long as they choose, photo or no photo. Just once a day, every day, let me know you are thinking of me.
Now, if the mom were really to keep mega-track of the text records and ground them for a slip up, I might want to get Ice-T involved.
But the idea behind this is really beautiful, free, and worth more than any millionaire could spend.
So is my free holiday tip to you… Green bean casserole is always better with a splash (or few) of soy sauce.