Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Bah Humbug

So I realized as I drove to the mall this weekend and struggled to find parking @ 11am in the morning that it's that wonderful time of year again. Christmas! Coming from a non christian family who didn't only came to Canada in the 1990s, Christmas is something we had never celebrated. As a kid, I was always envious of people that came back from Christmas break with pretty new things to show off.

Now however, as I've gotten older, it is one thing I am glad I don't participate in. I love the idea of friends & family coming together. Buying gifts however is something I do not enjoy especially when I feel obligated to get them. I mean if I feel I should get somebody a gift, I'll do it. I don't want to be told that I should getting somebody a gift in the spirit of the season. Lord knows how much money I'd be throwing away on gifts people didn't need. Those baskets of bath & body things & such.

What amazes me even more is people going broke buying gifts for people. I guess as somebody that doesn't celebrate the season I just don't get it. It would probably be different had I grown up with a Christmas every season. But I think it should be about the effort made & gestures as opposed to the dollar value of the item. I was in EB games this weekend & they were saying how the Wii & Wii Fit were sold out! These items together cost a few hundred dollars! & chances people receiving these gifts are also getting other items on top of them. I guess you can label me a scrooge but I just don't get it.


Lloyd said...

I agree with you. We dont need to be told when to gift someone. Also, it is to overbearing to provide gifts to all whether deserving or not