Friday, December 05, 2008
Remember when you were a kid & saw the stack of presents under the tree (or birthday presents or whatever)? All the neat toys & totally useless stuff you’d been begging for? The absolute joy of greed satisfied?
AND THEN… There it was. The flat rectangular box. You knew immediately what it was, before you opened it. CLOTHES!!! Awwww Maaaaaan! Why’d they have to go & ruin a perfectly good toy orgy with something practical? There was usually another package or two, smallish & soft, & you KNEW it contained new underwear & socks. Sucked the life right out of the day.
Of course, as an adult I now realize the necessity of including some clothes (that were needed anyway) as part of the haul. This way the parental requirements were filled & it looked like more gifts to satisfy the kiddies’ budding consumerism.
While this year’s “Black Friday” wasn’t quite as dire as predicted, it looks like there will be more “practical” gifts under trees (for those who can even afford a tree – or gifts). Will this season mark the beginning of the end of “rampant consumerism” & maybe people remembering the “reason for the season”? Would that be such a bad thing? I certainly don’t think so.
I enjoy Christmas shopping, because it’s limited to family & ocassionally a few friends. I buy things I know the person will like or has been wanting & it makes me happy to know I’ll be making them happy. I don’t buy just to have something to give. I think that’s what too many do, just going by the looks on peoples’ faces at the stores – as if they’ve just had dental work without novacaine. Why? Must it really be a contest? Maybe I’m just being naive. It wouldn’t be the first time.
For the record, I would be thrilled to get underwear for Christmas. : )