It’s that time of year again. “Have you done your Christmas shopping yet?” Internal shudder. Oh no. Talk to them and they inwardly shudder as well, but just get on with it.

Millions of people feeling obliged to buy ‘presents’ for others. Things they mainly don’t need, maybe don’t even want – judging by the returns industry.

Children with toy boxes already overflowing given ever more toys that they won’t have time to play with, before the next lot comes around Easter,  birthday, Thanksgiving, Halloween,  other kids’ birthdays, etc. etc. Yet look at their favourite toys – battered old teddy, colouring pens, house made by daddy out of cardboard boxes the goods came in  – creative use of what’s there…

I know, miserable old bugger. But you must admit that the whole present thing has got a bit out of hand. Maybe it’s time we really do ‘take back control’ and give where the need is there, or give consumables rather than landfill-fodder.

Really,  aren’t a few items of quality and beauty better than a mass of rubbish. And give the rest to someone really in need, perhaps via a suitable charity, or give money and teach the children to save.

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One thought on “Presents

  1. Years ago my mother and I came to an agreement, there was nothing either of us needed or even wanted that we could not buy for ourselves, and most of the time (she was approaching 80 at the time) she spent hours exhausting herself trying to find something for me in the stores.
    I was in the same boat. Guilt was paramount for both of us. I said, you come to dinner here, we feed you, you get a nice card, and one of us picks you up and drives you back home. You don’t even have to do the dishes.
    She agreed, immediately. After that Christmas was more pleasurable than it had been in years. My husband and I had stopped the gift thing long before, as well.
    It also gave her a marvelous round of ammunition, when friends asked her what her daughter gave her for christmas and she could look properly disappointed and say, “well we don’t exchange gifts any longer…” and let them fill in the blanks. So it was win win all the way.

    The difference is ‘do you feel you HAVE TO, or do you feel “X would like this…” and WANT TO?’ Like Mother’s day, it becomes a guilt trip. And that’s kinda sad.

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