I just finished my Christmas shopping, buying things for my four best friends and sister on Amazon. A part of me kicks myself in the butt for not supporting local businesses and Amazon is evil, blah blah blah, but really, I admit I am part of the consumer problem. It’s one of those situations where I know I should support and shop local businesses so that more people will flourish and have better jobs than at big box stores where the profits go and stay at the top, but on the other hand, if that were the case, I wouldn’t be able to afford to get something for everyone I want to buy for.
I used to love birthdays and Christmas because of the gifts, but then I got older and realized that friends don’t really give birthday gifts anymore (at least, mine don’t), and family always seems to come first at Christmas as well. I like getting gifts, who doesn’t? But I can honestly, HONESTLY say – it indeed IS better to give than receive.
I get more joy out of giving gifts for friends and family than I do receiving them. For one thing, I don’t really want much. If I have money to spend on myself, I spend it on books, and occasionally new clothes, but I am the kind of person who will wear clothes to death and don’t really care about fashion. In other words, I’m frumpy. If someone asks what they can get me for a gift, I tell them to take me out to dinner – good food and better company? What better gift can there be?
Already, I am excited to give gifts this year. I’m excited to see smiles from friends and family when they see, hopefully, that I’m thoughtful. Is that selfish of me?
Someone once said to me that doing nice things for other people gets totally canceled out if you do that nice thing just to make yourself feel good. How can that possibly be true?
Either way, Christmas isn’t about gifts. I’m not religious, so really, Christmas isn’t about anything really. It’s just a day where people appreciate each other more, or show their appreciation and love more than they normally would. Sometimes I think that it’s a bunch of B.S., like, why can’t every day be like this? Why can’t we just give people gifts whenever we want, or spread the love as much and whenever we want? It’s sort of sad, in a way, that I feel like the meaning of Christmas gets lost on so many people.