ERIN OFF CAMERA: Now what?!?

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Merry Christmas, everyone!

It’s hard to believe the big day is less than a week away.  I hope you’ve been enjoying the season and that it’s shaping up to be everything you hoped it would be this year.

I know I’ve quoted my Grandma Susan numerous times here, and I may have used this one before (forgive me) but it’s been on my mind since my last post.  “Expectation lessens gratitude.”  On the surface that seems rather harsh – but it’s true.  It’s why I’ve really enjoyed having no expectations for this season.  I’ve just been enjoying it.

That brings me to a dilemma.  In my last post I declared that I wouldn’t be giving or accepting any gifts.  Then Monday I received an email…


It’s from the postal service, informing me that my mother has sent a package.  You know what that means.

And then today, one of my YMCA participants gave me a set of these…

wine bling

… cleverly decorated wine glasses!  If you want to buy some, here’s Lindsay’s card:

biz card

I expressed my dismay to my class.  “What should I do?!?!” I asked in between yelling at them to crank out five more reps, “I said I wasn’t accepting any gifts this year!”

A very kind, very wise woman told me to accept the gifts and appreciate the genuine spirit in which they’re given.

Your thoughts?….


  • Bill Mogolov

    There are many people who would rather give then receive. A priest/friend of mine once told me that we need to learn to receive as well as give. When we receive, he said, we give happiness to the giver. Very simple but true.

  • Michele Gillespie

    Graciously accept the gift as it is intended as it probably makes the person giving the gift happy. You may not realize it, but you gave the person a gift in return by posting Lindsay’s card so others can enjoy her special talents and therefore help her business. The box from your mom is more a sign of love than a gift – moms just can’t help themselves. I guarantee she wants nothing in return other than spending some time with you, hearing your voice and your laughter. A heartfelt letter to your parents will always mean more to them than any material gift and is something they can treasure and read over and over again throughout the year. Merry Christmas!

  • Chuck Mc Crea

    Always accept the gift from your with gratitude as some day down the road you will wish she was able to send you one. Appreciate your parents even if they send you gifts you don’t want. You don’t have to give anything back except your love and she will accept that willing. Take care and have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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