Has Gift-Giving Gotten Out of Control?
Ever since we opted out of the majority of gift-exchanges that happen during the Christmas season, I’ve felt a whole lot better. Which is saying something, because I actually really enjoy both giving and receiving gifts — especially the carefully selected and prettily wrapped ones.
But sometimes, too much is too much.
How do you know when that is? I think a good rule of thumb is when someone asks you what you got, and you can’t remember everything you received. (Probably excluding little stocking stuffers like a chocolate Santa or a tube of chapstick.)
So in my book, a few thoughtful/coveted gifts = goodness.
A whole pile = too much.
What do you think?
And, what do you do on Christmas to differentiate it from other holidays if gift giving is not a major event? Of course, going to church is probably in there if you’re Christian (or if you just like the songs) but are there special traditions your family participates in?
We usually have Christmas with just the three of us on Christmas Eve, and then eat a nice supper, which is often lasagna because that’s what I like to make. Except sometimes it’s ham. Either way, I put it on reindeer plates, so that’s Christmas-y, right?
Then we spend Christmas day visiting family and hanging out. I’d like to start some sort of new tradition though, so I’m curious to hear what others do.