Not too long ago, on Facebook I reconnected with a former boyfriend after 35 years apart. It was the classic modern fairy tale—boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy finds girl on Facebook. While enduring a very long distance romance (he in Washington State and I in South Florida), all I really wanted for Christmas was him.
Finally, when we were together for our first Christmas, the reality of it was that I wanted a gift under the tree, too.
Guess what? There was a gift for me—a faux coyote fur blanket with the softest ultra suede lining. Would I have bought this blanket for myself? Nope. Do I love having it? Yes! It’s a little piece of luxury purchased for me by someone who cherished me.
I believe it is the human condition to desire those nurturing extras that touch us and make us feel special; and thankfully, I’m not alone. This holiday season, Tucson’s Grace St. Paul’s Episcopal Church partnered with Aveda Institute Tucson to provide free haircuts, manicures, and foot massages for anyone who was struggling. Everybody was invited and none were turned away. For a couple of hours, somebody cared.
Luxury doesn’t mean expensive. Luxury means something pleasurable outside of the routine of life. We all benefit from life’s little luxuries.
I still have that faux coyote fur blanket living on my couch, and guess who I think about every time I wrap up? We’ve been together for five Christmases, now, and every year there’s a little gift of luxury waiting for me underneath the Christmas tree. Some might say this makes me shallow, but I have to disagree. After all, it’s not the size of the gift, but the thought that counts.
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