I participated in a gift exchange this year.
No, I still don’t celebrate Christmas (unless baking chocolate chip cookies somehow counts!)
It was with a small group of people. Bowing out was not something that could have gone unnoticed.
And I didn’t want to be the different one again. Too often I say no to:
- homemade treats (stupid allergies),
- church services,
- get-togethers when I’ve made other plans…
After a while you don’t want to bow out any longer. So I said yes. The amount we were to spend was small enough that a dollop of creativity was required to come up with a good gift and it was gratifying to figure out what would appeal the most to the recipient in that price range.
Will I do it again next year? No idea.
What I do know is that there’s nothing wrong with changing your mind or bending the rules. Just because something – a label, a belief system, a hunch, a way of doing things- worked really well last time doesn’t mean it will continue to do so tomorrow, next year, or in 2042. And that’s ok.