1. have or hold (someone or something within)
2. control or restrain (oneself or a feeling)
Let’s deal with the first definition – holding something.
It’s a really simple idea.
Each person is allocated a box – typically a decorated recycled shoe box like this one:
The boxes are filled with consumables and an experience.
A miniature bottle of wine, or a tin of hot chocolate and some form of sweet treat. Then depending on who the recipient is, maybe a book, DVD, gift or experience voucher.
Easy to pack and store (and send to Santa!).
I’m currently compiling this season’s boxes. This starts once our Operation Christmas Child boxes have been deposited at the drop-off point. Which are also…yes…gifts in boxes.
As you would expect, this process has evolved since I first started it in 2011. I pack less boxes and in those fewer boxes, less is contained.
Which brings me onto definition 2 – to control or restrain oneself, and ones feelings.
It’s very easy to get swept up in the spirit of Christmas. It’s also very easy to get caught up in the man-made consumerism of the season.
Our simple approach to Christmas is gaining momentum at Chez Wright.
Giving gifts still plays a part. After all, Santa still shimmies down our chimney.
However the priority is to spend time with the family, to enjoy one another’s company and create memories. Gift shopping isn’t a priority. This is the greatest gift I can give my children at Christmas.
I’d rather spend my time, as the big day approaches, making gingerbread house biscuits.
And I’m sure the Kids would too.
Which is what we are going to do, here at Chez Wright. Along with lots of other creative activities and fun experiences.
Want to come along for the (sleigh) ride?