What can I say. Christmas was quite uneventful in my corner of the globe. We had a small amount of family over for lunch, and then The Kid joined us in the afternoon with her fellow, Doug. I don’t feel that strongly about this particular holiday. There is a lot of fuss and money spent for one day, three meals and ‘X’ number of family and friends.
The focus of this day is about giving gifts, eating, drinking and making this big fuss. Since I don’t like a big fuss or spending money unnecessarily, the day seems a bit over the top really. I’m not a scrooge. I just feel that if I were to spend hundreds of dollars in one day giving food and things to others, I would prefer to be giving this stuff to someone who really needs it. Someone who lives with less than I do, who might need clean water and warm clothing.
Instead, we buy for people that could buy things for themselves. We buy things that people don’t need, just want. We fill our tables and our stomachs with so much more food than we would normally eat, but still people are still going without basic amenities. I suggested to some people that I would like to give them less, so that I can give something to someone in need. Some people were okay, but a lot laid out a ‘guilt-trip’ because “I have already spent $X on you, what do I do with that?” to which I insisted passing it on to someone else, donating it, or not spending anything on me. I was okay with this.
In the end I went with small gifts of more value and practical use, since it just seemed easier than anything else. I also bought a lot of gifts for overseas donations. The food I ate was the same as any other in portion size, and I even managed to freeze some away for a rainy day when I may need it.
Christmas was a nice day. We swam and ate and told everyone close to us how much we cared for them. Maybe next year we can do more for others, but at least we are starting to try and there is much more honesty amongst us nowadays.