I thought I'd start new thread on something was starting to be discussed in janetc's thread about who was done their Christmas shopping.
I don't know about most of you, but I LOATHE Christmas. To me, it's evolved into the worst holiday of the year. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy a little bit of holiday decorating, making cookies with the kids and above all spending time with my family. It's the only time of year my husband takes a day or two off, so that's precious to me.
What I hate with a passion, is what Monday mentioned in the other thread, the Obligated Gift Giving that occurs in every realm of our lives. My family has opted out of gift giving among siblings and their offspring, because let's face it, how many toys do your kids need?? The enormous load of gifts from 9 or 10 relatives per person in your family is just too much. And when you get all of that, how can you truly appreciate what you've been given, when most of the time you can't even keep track of who gave it to you. We don't even visit family during Christmas, we go a few days later. By then all the madness subsides and people are ready to really visit, and not be distracted by the overwhelming piles of wrapping paper, boxes and worry/guilt that your gift giving wasn't up to snuff.
Then there's the strange gift giving: the present for the mailman, milkman and the paperboy. Odds are you don't even know their names. Why do you need to buy them a gift? For doing their paid job? Well.... let me tell you, they may just be a little overwhelmed with 47 boxes of chocolates from all of their customers. How about TELLING them you appreciate them instead? Or is the reason you don't do that is because you're too embarrassed that you don't know what to say to them.
I know my opinion on this situation won't exactly be popular, but still, can you imagine how relaxing Christmas would be if the gift giving was eliminated? It'd be like a Snowy Thanksgiving instead. And really, what's so bad about that?
just my thoughts on the matter... I'd like to hear yours.