'it's the thought that counts... (the biggest myth about gifts)'
"The only good thing I can say about most recycled gifts is that they usually don’t come from the nearest and dearest in your life.
Because big disappointment gifts do, and they can cause big hurt. What you wanted was a deep expression of love and affection, but what you received didn’t quite hit the bull’s-eye or, worse, failed to even aim for the target. You know the gifts: the silver earrings in a jewelry box perfectly sized to hold a diamond ring, or a key fob from the designer whose purse you’ve been coveting."
now, you can probably guess where i thought that this article was going- but it didn't. turns out it is a whine about how difficult it is to find the perfect gift for people- but how much more difficult it is to graciously accept the crap that people give us at this time of year. yep. truly crass and completely american way of looking at things.
here's the deal vicki- gifts should only be given because the gift giver wants to give them. my thought is- i wouldn't give a gift to you. you are ungrateful and you probably give crappy, pretentious gifts to make yourself feel better about having to give gifts at all. but that is all pure speculation and supposition.
mr. betmo and i decided at least 2 cmases ago that we weren't going to give gifts for occasions anymore. it didn't make sense. why do we have to feel obligated to give you a gift because it's cmas? or your birthday? why can't we give you a gift whenever the hell we feel like it? i understand why gift giving on holidays and whatnot got started- to mark a special day- but see what it has morphed into?
this is the last year i will be sending out homemade goodies too- it is too much of a hassle to bake large scale- and i would rather make little treats throughout the year and not a hundred treats once a year. but i think that the most important gift we can give to anyone or any cause--- time. not just one day a year- but all year round. giving of ourselves costs us nothing but time and it means more than gold. we all have knowledge and skills that we can share and that is more important than a $100 dvd player that will break in 6 months. just something to think about.