It’s that time of year when your long-distance lover may not be in town, but the holidays most definitely are. This may be the time of year when your heartstrings are being tugged by all the commercials that involve couples snuggling under a cozy blanket, next to a fire, with a cup of hot chocolate. There certainly is no shortage of jewelry advertisements everywhere you turn. To add insult to injury, it’s as if corporate America believes that ONLY couples buy each other gifts, thus reminding you of your tortured separation. To be completely honest, there isn’t too much of a remedy for keeping your mind off of someone you love. Generally, the only cure is time. However, if you are going to spend your lonely holiday season thinking about your partner, why not channel all that brainpower into something productive for them? That’s right, I’m talking about a care package. You’re absolutely right. You may have sent them countless packages consisting of little thoughtful things from your particular city including a copy of Newsday, some photos of you, etc. However, now you have the added bonus of using the holiday season to your advantage.
The holiday season generally adds a little glimmer to everyone’s face. Whether you are buying gifts for friends and family, watching the 24-hour cycle of “A Christmas Story,” or simply decorating your place, the season has an overall “good feel” to it. The unfortunate economic situation has many bogged down, but spirits generally remain intact. Use this ubiquitous holiday spirit in your next care package. Even though you may have your partner’s gifts already picked-out, add a sprinkle of the holidays. Depending on whatever holiday(s) you may celebrate (if any), use them as a kick-start for what you incorporate in your holiday/gift care package.
If you already have a gift in-mind and it is costing you a pretty penny, the other small holiday items may not make the cut this time. Either way, it shouldn’t be too difficult to incorporate some inexpensive holiday cheer for your partner whether it’s a few candy canes, a picture of a snow-covered Central Park, a recipe for decadent eggnog, and a copy of “National Lampoons Christmas Vacation” or a 15-foot inflatable snowman (pump not included). I’d personally go for the candy canes; the inflatables are a little obnoxious.
You may not be able to spend this holiday with your partner, but you can definitely let them feel your holiday spirits with a well thought-out care package; and I’m not referring to Justin Timberlake’s infamous SNL skit about a certain packaged package.