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When Celebrating, It Really Is The Thought That Counts

When Celebrating, It Really Is The Thought That Counts

My mother’s birthday was Monday, and I sent her a box of items from Whole Foods I knew she would enjoy.  I was glad when she genuinely appreciated the gift because, though it was nothing lavish, I had tried to put some thought into what she would like.

When it comes to gift giving, some of the best gifts are often the least expensive.  Over the years, I’ve received many heartfelt gifts – sweet tokens from my fiancé, handmade scarves from a friend of mine, lovely gifts from my family – that I still hold dear.

It truly is the thought that counts – and this is the case for celebrations, as well as gifts.  As I am in the process of planning a wedding, I find myself constantly feeling appalled by the amount of money some people apparently spend on their special day.  Weddings can cost tens of thousands of dollars – and that is rather offensive to me philosophically.  My fiancé and I just want a simple celebration because we feel that the decadence of an expensive wedding actually detracts from the occasion.  The day becomes all about the clothes and the decorations, when it should really be about love.  Indeed, there are so many occasions in life where the simplest, most heartfelt gesture is the most appreciated.


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Sarah Cooke

Sarah Cooke is a writer living in California. She is interested in organic food and green living. Sarah holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Naropa University, an M.A. in Humanities from NYU, and a B.A. in Political Science from Loyola Marymount University. She has written for a number of publications, and she studied Pastry Arts at the Institute for Culinary Education. Her interests include running, yoga, baking, and poetry. Read more on her blog.


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12:08PM PDT on Mar 13, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

8:23AM PST on Dec 20, 2012

Thank you

10:32AM PST on Dec 18, 2012


4:19AM PST on Nov 30, 2012

Good article, thank you

1:57AM PDT on Oct 20, 2012

Thank you

2:43PM PDT on May 25, 2012

You ain't a kidd'n!

2:58PM PDT on May 24, 2012


4:00PM PDT on May 15, 2012


12:57PM PDT on May 8, 2012

Would rather get one thoughtful gift than a bunch of useless stuff. Mom, hope you see this!

6:31PM PDT on May 7, 2012

i think gifts should have a lot of thought put into it, not just bought randomly

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