Monday, November 26, 2012
Me too,Crazy Wal Mart Lady. Me too.
I live 550 miles from my parents and siblings, but I make it back for the big holidays most years. This year I made Thanksgiving, and I'll be back for Christmas too. Lots of traveling, lots of expense, but it's worth it.
A few years back, we gathered together to give gifts- and three hours later, we were exhausted, surrounded by paper and boxes and trinkets of affection that made several of us more than a little queezy with the excess of it all. So the following year, we decided more than a month in advance- NO GIFTS. Just being together was enough. And every Christmas since then has been much less stressful, much more relaxing. Sure, we are partially responsible for gutting the economy, but too damned bad. This is better.
So, Crazy Wal Mart Lady who thinks that she's actually spreading happiness by purchasing hundreds of pieces of cheap crap made in China, putting herself in debt to continue the vicious Stuff=Happiness Cycle-- you fail, utterly. The neighbors were right- you really are a loser. That's why you find triumph in your ability to waste money and raise kids to think that Christmas is all about temporary pleasure found in shiny plastic crap purchased with shiny plastic cards. I'm glad you're done, until next year. When you can relive this empty triumph all over again. Have fun. I will- with my family. Sans Junk. Takes all kinds, I guess.
(BTW: Check out the banner in the background: "More Christmas, Less Money." Yes, because the amount of "Christmas" you have depends on the number of gifts you hand out. Disgusting.)