|Ideas for this craptastic time of year!
||[Dec. 2nd, 2005|12:24 am]
Expand your mind...
Do you do anything to combat the commercialism of the holidays? |
In some ways, I hate this time of year. I loathe the energy, the stress of it all.
I want to focus more on a better way of celebrating these holidays. As for gifts, I like to make something because I don't want people or kids to have the expectation of something expensive, because I need to save money, and also that I think the homemade stuff is more special, genuine, and more thoughtful. Oh yeah, and did I mention I have to be cheap? Sometimes I've noticed that when I don't have money, I feel less stress about those things that require money, that aren't necessities.
i always make homemade gifts. this year im making bracelets, and stitching people's name on pairs of gloves (that i bought at the dollar store lol). i also always give photographs as gifts, because im the photographer of the family with all the pictures of everyone. i figure this is the kind of stuff people are more likely to appreciate and keep. it feels like a waste buy big, expensive gifts that are just going to be thrown in a pile.
It's funny you mentioned this: I delcared something today: "Outside of my house, i hate Christmas".
For me, that is very true. In my house, Christmas is almost sacred. We play a lot of renaissance Christmas music, we have our classic Christmas movies...a lot of it is very celtic. Actually, a lot of the excited feelings we have for Christmas morning, is the giving, not the getting. "Wow, mom's gonna freak when she sees that i got her that book she wanted so badly!"
I try to ignore the horrible stuff outside. :\
i tell people not to give me shit just based on some date on the calender. my birthday included. if someone makes a nice gesture for me on a date of significance, i do the same in kind but at my own pace, and let them know this is what i'm doing.
i make frequent jokes that some day all those consuming driven fools who cause this economy to boom will feed my empire.
i make gifts for only a very select few. the rest get absolutely nothing.
every time an occasion like this happens, i crave to not do gifts either. i'm getting closer & closer to boycotting them.
but how does your family take this? they accept it?
my parents, my brother and my sister are the select few. and i tend to find excuses for giving them thier gifts a bit early. something like, "oh... hey... i made this for you for, but i'm not sure if aligns with your sense of taste. do you want me to do anything different with it?" =P
i also negotiate with my siblings too. something like, "i was thinking about doing this for you... what do you think?"
as for telling them not to get me anything... they tend not to listen. the rest of the family accepts this though. we all agreed to it a long time ago. too many of us running around for the whole family to go bankrupt keeping up, ya know? plus it makes getting together more fun cuz it makes the celebration about one thing only: being with family.
that's a good idea. it means more. hmmmmm.
christmas shopping does drain the hell outta ya.
just becuz i've been at the receiving end of your gift giving. i can personally say, the gifts you've given me, all but one were homemade. and i would never get rid of them...and i've loved each and every one of them. mainly, cuz YOU made it for ME.
just wish you could show me your crafty ways :)