Everyone gets that same picture when they think of Christmas. Running down the stairs in the morning, finding that Santa ate your cookies and drank your milk, ripping open the presents that Santa knew to get you, and looking for traces of Ruodulph outside. It wasn't always like that though. Christmas is celebrating the birth of Jesus, and I think that a lot of people have forgotten that.
Not that I am 100% religous, but religion does play a role in my life, and I think that over the past years, Christmas has become more of "what should I get her?" and "I don't have enough money for that!" rather than thanking for all that you have.
I don't want to turn this into a whole religious rant, because I should not be the one doing that, but my point is that I personally think people should take a step back from the extrodinary, out of the norm gifts, and be grateful for the people around you. Not everyone has a roof over their head, clothes on their back, food in their stomach, and people who care. If you are fortunate enough to have all of those, then take the 25th as a day to thank everyone for being there for you. As to the present situation, if you are really worried about if that person will like it or not, well don't. If they don't like it, obviously they weren't worth the money. It's the thought that counts, and I really believe in that! I am usually the gift giver of inside jokes. If we have an inside joke, you better believe that I am going to get you something funny and practical that relates to a joke somehow.
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year to all! 2011, here we come!
I totally agree. People dread the holidays (a time of celebrating what and who you have) because they stress over what gifts to buy people, whether a certain gift falls in their budget, and so on. When I was little, I didn't even care about gifts as much as I do now. All I was concerned about was beating my cousins down the hill when I sled, making the coolest snowman on the block, and decorating the tree.
My friend made me a gift for Christmas. It was a collage of us. Our stupid quotes and pictures and whatnot. I absolutely love it. She put so much thought into it. My cousin bought me an expensive scarf. Even though it's a pretty scarf, I'd take the collage over the scarf.
I agree with this 100%. I am not religous at all but I do think that Christmas is so much more than just getting a ton of presents. If you asked me this 10 years ago I would've said it was just for the presents, but as the years go on I get less and less into opening presents on Christmas morning, and more and more into spending time with my family. But don't get me wrong I still enjoy presents :) I also think that the holidays are a great time for family traditions, which is another reason I love the holidays, traditions give me something to look forward to. I just love the holidays :)
I agree with this to an extent. I really love going to church on christmas eve and singing carols with my congregation, but I think Christmas is much more than just religion or commercial benefit. I think Christmas is about spending time with your family, and having a holiday to be together.
However when you say, "people should take a step back from the extrodinary, out of the norm gifts, and be grateful for the people around you," I really disagree because I absolutely try my hardest to get the best gifts for people because I love to see the happiness on the face of those I love, but I do think people should always be grateful no mater what gift you give them.