Indeed it seems that Christmas is more rapidly approaching this year. Believe it or not, I haven’t even thought about getting my Christmas cards sent out, not to mention what few gifts I purchase for Christmas. I prefer to give people gifts during the year when the opportunity arrives. Whenever these urges come upon me to give outside the Christmas time of giving gifts, the recipients always ask, “Why now?” My usual response is, “I just felt like this would be a good time.” One of my clients gave me a gift today that was un-expected and I will cherish for a very long time. It was something that he personally created. One-of-a-kind gifts are the best! Our lives are being bombarded daily by the corporate commercials encouraging us to buy, buy and buy. On the flip side, wouldn’t just one well thought of special gift due? I remember when I was a child, and being hatched into a family of minimalists, I found myself faced at likely the age of ten, a gift from my aunt. When I unwrapped it, I found a wind-up roadster that left me speechless. I really believe that excessive gift giving creates a sort of expectance that cannot be fulfilled by the recipients. They have become numb from the over-loading of gifts. It’s sort of the “What’s next for precious me?” Many years ago I insisted within my immediate family that I want NO gifts for Christmas—their presence at a gathering is more than enough. I would rather have less of more than more of less. Hopefully within this coming year, my projects will be completed and I will have the most delightful years ahead of giving back to the community that has been so good to me in prosperous times and bad. I was almost brought to tears several days ago when a buyer was attempting to apologize for not purchasing a home for a greater price and my office not receiving a bigger commission. My response was, “Please, don’t worry about me. As long as the birds eat—I will eat.” Please everyone, go out and look for or create something very special as a gift for your loved ones.