Also, I consider myself a Christian, so I celebrate Christmas and like the idea of Christmas gifts, what I dislike is this exagerated idea that the media and marketing put out there of high expectations about a perfet life, spending tons of money, etc. I call this HOLIDAYS ON STEROIDS. I am THE GRINCH and I’ll tell you why.
- I like spontaneity and the “surprise factor” for gifts and celebrations: I find that those highly marketable holidays like Christmas and Valentine’s Day causes people to give gifts because they have to. Today on the radio they were asking if women agreed with giving their significant other a list of what they want and 4 women commented that it was the only way to get a good gift, and I find this really stupid. This reminds me of the Seinfeld episode where Jerry is sleeping with Elaine and gives her cash (making it rain?) and Kramer remembers that she wanted a bench and got her one, THAT is a good gift, the type of gift that someone gives you after a lot of thought and that demonstrates how much they care. If you are giving someone a list, just ask for the money, easier and more honest, you’re not forcing anyone to pretend that they thought of you.
- I like to celebrate Holidays when I know what I’m celebrating: Before I “celebrate” something, I make sure that I understand the origins and causes for this celebration, this may sound basic (and sorry if I sound mean now) but apparently the atheists that are celebrating Christmas don’t think so. Although I am not currently very religious, I try to celebrate the birth of Christ in some way, and I find very, very weird that people who don’t believe in Jesus Christ at all celebrate Christmas as the birthday of Santa Claus or something. Maybe we are used to seeing this, but it would be the same as if big corporations adopted Hanukah as a marketable holiday and invented an excuse for people to buy more, and all of a sudden everyone believed this and started celebrating it without being Jewish. Exactly my point.
- Marketers are really really good in presenting the idea of Christmas as a magical time during which everyone loves you, you are happy, have a perfect family, a perfect boyfriend/husband, look like Heidi Klum , can afford an iPad 2 for all your family members (including your dog) and will get perfect gifts and a perfect dinner. This either ends up being close to the truth while your holidays mean more work than 12 hour work days while you’re covering for your boss and spending your savings (that were going to be used for your trip to a Tropical Island) in getting amazing gifts for your 50 family members in order not to “spoil” their Christmas spirit OR you won’t live up to this expectation and will go through depression.
Also on the radio, I heard that some people were considering not ending their relationships that suck because they didn’t want to be alone during “The Holidays”, this way, they could pretend to have a perfect life in front of friends and family, get a good gift from your boyfriend that cheated on you with the 5th girl (or boy) and not feel bad for spoiling his holidays with this bad news that may cause sadness and depression (because lying to someone’s face is not depressing). I guess that pretending to have a picture perfect life makes you appear full of Christmas Spirit and additionally, full of BS.