Holiday Love


“Probably the reason we all go so haywire at Christmas time
with the endless unrestrained and often silly buying of gifts
is that we don’t quite know how to put our love into words.” -Harlan Miller

Quite an interesting quote by Harlan Miller and I believe the thought to be factual.  There are those that do not know how to show their love or put their love into words; therefore they use the giving of gifts as a way to express their feelings.  Hopefully, the feelings are sincere and there is not the intent for gainful recognition.

If a person’s feelings are sincere, is that such a bad thing?  At least an effort is being made and the thought is there.  I am not necessarily condoning that we should go haywire buying gifts.  It is my opinion, the commercialization of Christmas seems to be already out of control.

However, there are those that put their heart and soul into their selection of gifts.  It is quite meaningful to them to find the perfect gifts for loved ones.  There is special care taken in gift selections so as to please the recipients.  I would venture to guess there are hopes their showing of love, by bestowing gifts, will bring them love in return.

Showing love is not easy as for some as it is for others, and if giving gifts is their way to show love, then so be it.

Our perception of this time of the year most likely differs from one person to another, depending on many many variables.  Personally, I like to think of Christmas as a magical time of the year.  I thought that way as a child, and I think that way now.  Um, I no longer believe in Santa – shhh!

I found another quote, by Harlan Miller, which I love this quote and want to share it with you.

“I wish we could put up some of the Christmas spirit in jars and open a jar of it every month.” Harlan Miller

 Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! on, Cupid! on, Donder and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!”

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16 replies

  1. Those are great quotes. The first is so true. The 2nd I wish we could do also, for those times during the year that you just get burned out & run down. When you need a little spirit, a little pick-me-up, or a little boost in your faith of humanity. It’s sad, but sometimes it gets to the point that we need a reason to be extra nice. When we can’t muster up the nice on our own, the holiday season helps.


  2. Great post – an interesting quote. You wrote: “there are those that put their heart and soul into their selection of gifts. It is quite meaningful to them to find the perfect gifts for loved ones. There is special care taken in gift selections so as to please the recipients.” This was my mom. She started her Christmas lists right after Thanksgiving and put all of her love into every part of Christmas. My family wasn’t one for saying “I love you” so maybe we did try to show it through our gift giving. Now that my mom is gone, I can find so many ways to say how I felt – and still feel – about my mom. The holidays aren’t the same for me since my mom died and never will be, but I do my best and give all my love to my kids. They deserve a special Christmas. Thanks for sharing.


  3. Magical time indeed. Polar Express.


  4. It is true that some people have difficulty with words. My dad had a harsh childhood. He was not around when I was growing up. Once an adult, I found him. I was still a daddy’s girl. He was one who could not put his feelings into words. When he tried he would stutter (it was the only time he did.) As we grew close, I truly began to understand him. (and consequently my family). I missed him most of my life, and I will spend the rest of it missing him. I cherish the words he shared with me.


  5. I am from a family of people who did not show affection easily or often and when they did it was awkward. I am more demonstrative and vocal now. I can easily give hugs these days! I agree that some show their love with gifts because it is the only way they are comfortable. I understand this but think it kind of sad. I love the quote you found! I too would like to put some of the Christmas spirit in jars to use whenever I wanted. But then maybe that’s what our hearts are meant to do. Thank you for linking to In Other Words. Your post is a delight.


  6. It is freeing to not have to give gifts, it was first do to moving and then money but our family both sides are understanding…….we share on social media, and encourage each other all year that is what really counts. Enjoyed visiting here today.

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  7. I wholeheartedly agree with Harlan Miller, I too wish I could put the Christmas spirit in a jar. It really is the most wonderful time of the year, even though I do realize that there are people who are especially lonely at this time of year.

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