Some people will say it is pregnancy hormones or something must be bothering me. Honestly, it is not really Mother’s Day, but the way holidays are generally portrayed in the media.
Families are thrown into all types of ads, and although they highlight the importance of being together, there is a sense of “buy this for the ones you love this holiday.” Yes, people enjoy gifts, but what about the gift of life? Maybe the gift of happiness? And better yet, the gift of simplicity?
Call me old-fashioned, but I think the perfect gift for any holiday is downtime. We spend all year preparing for when our family comes over that we sometimes forget to have a great time. I miss getting together with my cousins for the holidays and just being carefree and goofy. Is that not what life is about?
Yes, we bought things for each other like candy and ice cream, but that was pretty much it. We did not need a special gift. And when we went out and bought something else, it was because we knew the other person really needed it.
So this Mother’s Day, and practically every holiday, all everyone — whether they are a mom or take on the role of one — really needs are these three things. Feel free to add on in the comments section if you wish:
1. Time with their family;
2. Lots of laughs and love; and
3. Alone time.
If you want to throw in anything else, make sure it is a delicious treat. 😉
Former B2B editor and marketer turned Family & Lifestyle blogger. Fatima is passionate about life and being social.
When she isn't running around with her husband, three kids, and two pups, Fatima helps other bloggers and local businesses with their online marketing strategy.
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