I’ve been seeing so many great holiday gifts guides around the blogosphere, but I can’t help but cringe at the thought of stepping foot in a mall (or even a strip plaza, or any store, really). As you know from my post here, I don’t exchange/give gifts to even the closest of my friends. And we’re all okay with that!
Why I don’t like Gift Exchanges
I really dread the thought of pushing through crowds and fighting for the remnants of a sale to get a gift. And also, I am not organized enough to shop ahead of the holiday season. So, I really don’t want to burden my friends with having to fight crowds and sift through stuff, just to get me a gift.
How much should I spend? What if they spent so much on me and I only spent $20 for them? Would they really like this? Really?
If I see something I think one of my dear friends will love, I will just gift it to them. No reason to wait for Christmas.
We are all (mostly) Adults
I really think that Christmas gifts are for kids. As a kid, I really looked forward to getting gifts at Christmas since I couldn’t really buy my own gifts (we got gifts from my relatives – my parents didn’t really get my sisters and I gifts). But as an adult, I can buy my own gifts and exactly what I want, and my friends can buy their own gifts and get exactly what they want.
And even though gift cards are nice, sometimes, it’s just nicer to just to the restaurant together, or to just go shopping together and buy what we want to buy for ourselves!
I think our society has taken the consumerism part of Christmas and made it into something that will solve all our problems. The message of “give the perfect gift and you will be the best friend/spouse/daughter/mother/employer/etc. ever!” is pretty much the message of every commercial I’ve seen or heard.
Don’t get me wrong, I like shopping, sometimes.
But Christmas isn’t about sales, it’s about something much, much more than that.
Non-religious Short Rant
I’m not a religious person, but when I was little, I really looked forward to singing Christmas carols in the gymnasium every year. You know, there a teacher plays the piano and the lyrics are on a projector screen? I loved those and I wasn’t Christian.
I know that a lot of public school don’t allow that any more, and I find it very sad. It’s like it’s not okay to sing about Christmas, but it’s OK to use the word Christmas/Holiday and smear it all over sales. le sigh. /rant
I am Already so Rich 🙂
I have a wonderful and supportive family, whom I recently had a chance to spend 2 weeks away with. It really was a once in a lifetime opportunity.
I have a really awesome boyfriend who is caring, loving, honest, so incredibly supportive and he makes really great salad dressing! 🙂
I have great girlfriends who keep me grounded and keep me sane. We have been through so much together. They never judge me and always have my best interests at heart.
I have a safe and clean place to call home with great land lords who take care of me like I was their grand daughter. And the rent is also ah-mazing! 🙂
So, even though I’m kinda a Scrooge, I still can’t help but get exciting about the holidays. I love the crisp air, the fluffy snow, the beautiful decor and lights, the coziness of a fireplace, and a cup of hot chocolate after a morning shoveling the snow. It just feels like home 🙂
Are you a scrooge? What are your thoughts on the holiday? What are some of your traditions?
PS. Enter my Grown-up Christmas wish Giveaway for a chance to win Gail’s book and support a charity!!