So have the Christmas lists started in your house? In my house it always seems that as soon as we start talking about Thanksgiving, Christmas present ideas start getting planted, too. Maybe it’s because the Christmas catalogs have been filling the mail… or maybe it’s because the week before Thanksgiving all the decorations and music around town start making everything feel like Christmas. But, in any event, with Thanksgiving upon, it’s not a bad idea to start the gift planning.
But hey, here’s some encouragement: if this gift giving season starts to stress you out, don’t let it! Don’t approach gift giving ‘have to’… think of it as a ‘get to’. This is the time of year we GET TO remind others of our appreciation and love for them. So, let be cheerful givers, shall we? Givers that don’t just give stuff to give stuff, but givers that give in a way that we want to be given to.
With that in mind, over the next weeks before we leave for Guam (yes, we are leaving for Guam on December 9th!! Thank you Food Fighters!), I’m going to be sharing some of my favorite things: books I’ve read and discovered – some food related, some not; things I can’t do without in my kitchen; my favorite ‘girlie’ things; and, my tips for finding designer goods at discount prices. And, yes, I’ll throw some of my favorite, easy, cold-weather recipes in there, too.
Today, however, I want to start with one thing I hope you all consider giving someone you love this Christmas: the gift of music.
Recently a friend of mine gave me four free guitar lessons at Guitarfish in Tigard:
I can hear you now, “Elisha, guitar lessons?” Oh, you bet! While you may not guess it by looking at me, there’s a secret rockstar dream in my heart – like singer/songwriter kinda dream. I’ve talked about it for years, actually… and several years ago my man even bought me an acoustic guitar for my birthday. I’ve just never found the time to start learning.
Then, I got the gift – a gift that allowed me to pursue something I’ve always wanted to do. The gift that wasn’t just a thing – but was an opportunity for me to learn something new, have some fun, and feed an inner passion I’ve had my whole life.
I loved it.
Now, let’s be honest, okay? Four weeks wasn’t long enough for a 41-year-old woman to master a new trick – especially a trick that requires fingers to simultaneously move in different directions with precision and purpose. BUT, four weeks was a taste of something really good… a taste that made me long for more, a taste that showed me firsthand what my kids experienced when they starting learning their instruments… a taste that made me realize MUSIC – i.e. lessons at Guitarfish – is one of the things I’ll be giving this Christmas.
What made this gift so great was that it wasn’t just any guitar shop either – it was GUITARFISH, which is probably the most beautiful, welcoming music shop I’ve ever been in. (If Apple were to do a music store, THIS is what it would bel like.) It was bright, clean, well-organized – and my lessons were done in one of their little private sound studios that made me feel I was really doing something special.
And… my cutie-patootie teacher, Justin, was patient, clear, joyful (in spite of my lagging skills), and super encouraging.
Anyway, my point is this: the gift of music isn’t just for kids, it’s a gift you should consider for yourself, you spouse, a sibling, even a parent! And, when you give the gift of music, you’re giving more than just ‘more stuff’… you’re giving an experience, an opportunity to be better, an opportunity to learn something new – and an opportunity to be BRILLIANT.
So, check out Guitarfish for a music lover in your life. They have locations in Tigard, Hillsboro, and Clackamas is coming soon – and they teach kids 5 and up. And look: they offer more than guitar lessons, too! (I’m spying the ukulele lessons and keyboard lessons for a couple on my list )
(Thanks to my sweet friend, Becky, for the gift of the lessons and the opportunity to try something I’ve always wanted to do… and thanks to Justin for being patient with me )