Is it really? Because I mean. There are more instances of stress and even suicide around the holidays. OK, did that kill your holiday spirit? lol I was just being my usual sarcastic, witty and semi-macabre self. I don’t really buy gifts for people b/c as I got older, I just lost enthusiasm for the entire gift-giving process of Christmas. Besides, that’s really not what’s it’s about anyway. I feel more fulfilled giving to those who really need things (i.e. homeless people, people in battered women’s and children’s shelters, etc.) than people who want the latest iPhone or handbag when they’ve gotten virtual clones of the thing they “want”.
If I am going to buy gifts, I only give to my close relatives. I bought my parents Chevron gift cards because both of them drive and free gas is always appreciated. I’ll also buy an outfit for my 14-month-old sister, since infants outgrow their clothes so fast. Other than that, I dont expect anything from anyone else and gifts make things more complicated IMO. If someone buys you a gift and you don’t have one to give back, you feel obligated, guilty and/or “cheap”. It’s just a big hassle and headache. Anyway, I apologize if I sound like the Scrooge but I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa & Happy New Year! Wow, what a “mouthful”.