I look for ornaments that will remind me of a special occasion or event from that year to add to my growing collection from years gone by. As we gather around the tree, it’s a special way to recall past Christmases. Reminiscing with each treasure we carefully hang on the tree. I anxiously await the time when the tree is up and standing bare to be decorated.
After I had a family, I started a tradition and purchased the same ornament for each child in the family. When it came time for them to move out and they would put up their own tree, we would each be able to adore our trees with the identical collection. To remember special times in their life’s and special people.
I know people who put up not one but two or three trees each year. One tree might have a special theme. Some examples are angel trees or one person I know loves coffee and has a small tree with unique ornaments some of them even containing real coffee beans!
This year is especially historic with living through a World Wide Pandemic. My children, grandchildren, family and friends will each be getting an ornament to recall this unprecedented time in their lives.
For any family and friends who are Front Line Heroes, they will receive one of these in honor of their service during this historic time in history.
I always wondered why I ended up designing and making ornaments. I think it is because of the memories of unpacking the boxes and taking out each ornament one by one and remembering the occasion associated with it. It’s a special experience that makes the holidays more memorable.
What about you, do you collect ornaments? If so, which is your favorite?
“Bella House Creations” is a continuing creative venture to bring unique and special additions to this cherished traditional. Please visit my website https://www.bellahousecreations.com for unique designs that can hang on your tree!
I am always open to suggestions. So please don’t hesitate to send me your thoughts and suggestions.
As many of us have noticed, sheltering in place and spending more time at home has forced or spurred us to seek out new interests or activities. Perhaps returning to or rediscovering long forgotten hobbies or returning to simpler things we use to do when we had more time. For the majority of population the the past few months has silently reawakened this need in us. Why the unexplained emptiness we feel endlessly passing digital messages back and forth and talking to each other over video screens, we’re simply not wired for this as a species. We are trying to figure out what the reset button should look like.
The way we live will take on a new appearance. Our home environment becoming of great importance. We now have more hours in a day by not having to commute. Gaining even more time no longer running from store to store for groceries and other basic needs. These will be purchased online and delivered to our doors. These are subtle changes but with it bring a new opportunity to reinvent our lives.
I don’t think it will come easy. We will need to reevaluate the way we spend our time. I came across this comment of human beings by Cal Newport, “Individuals have become human network routers”. That’s a little scary! I choose to believe the return of creativity will see a rebirth because of the absence of feelings that make us human. Creativity needs quiet time to flourish and this pandemic has forced, yes, forced us to slow down tapping into energy we all have to be creative. Creativity often came out of necessity, though that will never go away, we now have so much more available to use our imaginations in ways we never did before.
Because of what we are experiencing there is a noticeable return to doing things that give us a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction. Do-it-yourself projects have returned with enthusiasm and with online shopping people can now show off their products to the world! The small business owner is taking on a new look. Brick and mortar stores will never completely disappear(although who knows what the future holds) but there will fewer of them. Online stores will explode.
If you are anything like me, I will endlessly search for that certain item for myself or to give as a gift. During these exceptional times,whether you choose to be the consumer, maker of a product or service these are exceptional times for us to recreate ourselve! I can speak only for myself, but it has been very exciting and personally rewarding for me to get back to being creative. For me it has evolved into creating a line of products to present to the world. I found two quotes that back up my observation.
The first by Cal Newport in his blog writes: “There’s great fulfillment in applying skill to slowly create something useful that didn’t previously exist — a reaction that’s likely embedded in our genes” .
The second by Matt Crawford in his book Shop Class as Soulcraft writes: “The satisfactions of manifesting oneself concretely in the world through manual competence have been known to make a man quiet and easy.”
Gift-giving has been a long tradition that dates back thousands of years as far back as man can remember. As human beings, we are social creatures who enjoy each other’s company and expressing our feelings through the giving of gifts. Whether it is an expression of true love, appreciation of a job well done or just to show our gratitude for having someone as a friend, the giving of gifts is engrained into our DNA.
Since the dawn of time, people have been giving gifts to each other. Giving gifts is a form expressing one’s love, respect, and affection to another. Studies show the presence of gift giving practice even among the early civilizations. It is also observed that the tradition of gift giving actually started sometime in the early 1900s. In olden times, people gave gifts to their tribal leaders and exchanged gifts among themselves. These gifts were primarily made from the bark and wood of trees. Gift giving has always been reciprocal, except when gifts were given to the leaders of state in various cultures. The heads received gifts in order to procure favour and express commitment. This practice is being followed even in the present day in different parts of the world.
Today, we ring in birthdays, Christmas, anniversaries and a whole lot of memorable occasions by exchanging gifts. Gifts are exchanged among families, friends, colleagues at work and others during festive occasions and holidays. It is customary to give gifts during Christmas and people all over the world celebrating Christmas follow this practice. It can almost be stated that gift-giving is synonymous with Christmas. Occasions like Father’s Day, Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day etc., are also celebrated by giving gifts. Gifting is indeed one of the easiest of ways to spread happiness and delight. Here is an insight on how it all started.
The Psychology Behind Gift Giving
Today, gift giving is spread across all cultures around the world, from celebrating birthdays, anniversaries, offering good luck, best wishes for getting well, showing love and affection, or just saying thanks. Gifts are given to family members, friends, those we work with and even neighbors who receive gifts of all different types. There are large industries dedicated to creating and selling gifts that allow people even in the busiest of times to find the right type of present to give someone for many different reasons and occasions.
The psychology of why gift giving is so rewarding is simple it allows people to connect. The giver of a gift expresses their feelings and emotions by sending a gift with the hope of being able to share these with the receiver of the gift. The receiver of the gift in turn receives the feelings and emotions and with this a connection is made. Making connections with people around us gives us a sense of purpose and feeling of satisfaction. This feeling is one that enlightens the soul and brings out the best in us. There is an old saying “it is better to give than receive” and it has a special meaning especially when the realization of the benefits that it provides to those who give.
Why is it Important To Give Gifts?
There has been a considerable amount of research over the years into the feelings of wellbeing that occurs when we give gifts to those we care about. From as early as cavemen days gift giving has been rewarding which may be the reason it has stood the test of time. Here are some reasons as to why:
We Feel Happy: Simply put, the giving of gifts can make a person feel happier about themselves as well as to the person that has received their gift. In studies were people were asked to give gifts as a part of an experiment, the result was that people actually felt better and happier about their own lives.
Improve State of Mind: Research suggests that giving gifts may improve a person’s state of mind. If giving a gift makes you feel happier with a sense of purpose then this may inevitably improve your state of mind.
Greater Social Connection: By giving a gift, you not only expressing your feelings but building a stronger connection to that person as well. Not only does the person receiving the gift feel closer to the giver, but vice versa as well. This greater social connection also means an improvement in the state of being as well as overall happiness.
It’s Contagious: When a person starts giving gifts, not only will the recipient become more likely to give, those around them who see this act will start giving as well. This is in part due to the release of the endorphins, which not only benefits the giver, but is also felt by those who receive and see the act of giving as well.
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