I love attending wedding showers and baby showers.
Two days ago, I took part in a wedding shower for a young lady who attends our church. It made me think about how much I enjoy wedding showers and baby showers. I like watching the future mom or bride opening the gifts, especially the gift that I brought. I enjoy shopping for the gift. I remember my own wedding shower and baby shower. In our church, giving a shower is one of the women’s ministries. I have been part of putting a couple of them on. I think it is a ministry to young couples starting out.
A cynic may say that mass gift giving events, such as weddings, graduation parties, wedding and baby showers, are an example of rampant consumerism.
When I was younger, I used to go to Tupperware, Stampin’ Up, pampered chef, etc., parties. (I haven’t been to one of them in over 8 years due, in part, to operating the Cleaver College Taxi Service.) They were a kind of social event (with opportunity to buy for yourself).
I would much rather go to a wedding or baby shower and spend the same amount of money. It is a way of sowing kindness into the life of others.