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Ideas for this craptastic time of year! [Dec. 2nd, 2005|12:24 am]
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enlightnment101
[karmagini]
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.
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[User Picture]From: virgohippy
2005-12-02 08:49 pm (UTC)
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.
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From: karmagini
2005-12-06 04:04 am (UTC)
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?
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[User Picture]From: virgohippy
2005-12-06 06:26 am (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: emilyana
2005-12-12 12:21 pm (UTC)
that's a good idea. it means more. hmmmmm.
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