I’ve never been a big fan of giving or receiving presents at Christmas time. I think when I was a child it was a big deal to get presents especially at an age where I might not have been able to buy much for myself. As I got older I found that exchanging gifts with my parents was basically a “what do you want?” exchange and we would just buy whatever the other party had asked for. Eventually it occurred to me that we could remove a lot of hassle by just skipping the presents all together and just enjoying the other parts of the holidays like eating and drinking which were the activities that we enjoyed the most anyways.
This year we are having Christmas at my house which means a fair bit of travelling for most of my family so we decided that we wouldn’t exchange any gifts between the adults. There will be four kids there and they are fair game for presents! I think this is a great way to do Christmas since it will be a lot of work for us to get the house ready for guests and to prepare meals etc so not having to buy a bunch of presents will make the holidays a lot more enjoyable. To me the best part of the holidays is getting together with loved ones and giving of gifts is irrelevant.
Does anyone else out there do anything different to cut down on giving presents? Anyone think we are ruining the “spirit of Christmas”?
Finally I’ll leave you with a link to Violent Acres who describes her feelings about Christmas gifts which are remarkably similar to mine (although she uses a lot of different words…).