Speaking of which, have you noticed the crap in the stores this year? Seems when I was employed, everything was better quality. Maybe I am justifying not spending by cheapening everything in my mind so that I can stay within my budget. It's hard to say.
I became disgusted walking through the mall today. All the silly, beeping plastic toys, blinking lights and cheap jewelry kiosks. It made me sneer. Am I a grinch? I don't think so. I simply find it pathetic what the holiday season has become. A shopper's high pressured nightmare. Hurry, hurry! Buy up all the chintzy crap before someone else does!
I'd be happy sitting home with my loved ones drinking a hot chocolate and playing a game of hillbilly scrabble. Christmas has become so commercialized we don't even have time to celebrate it. We're too busy consuming so that we can unwrap our presents in a rush and be on our way. Ugh.
Let's start our own holiday. The holiday of the unemployed. No gift exchange. No time schedule. No big, fat ham for dinner. No stress. We'll cook up some grilled cheese sandwiches, put a pot of Campbells tomato soup on the stove, get out the jar of pickles and a can of Pepsi and ring in the season with a toast to simplicity. And take the time to hug each other and just 'be' in each other's presence. Enough of the over spending on crap that will be shoved in the closet or spend years under the bed until it is donated to the thrift store. It means nothing.
Love is something. Love is free. Love can be kept, given away, donated or it can be wrapped around you to keep you warm. Love is the most versatile gift you can give. And nothing compares to the love that is felt when you spend time on those you love, not money. So if you're on a budget this year, no worries. Give them your presence, and don't worry about the presents.