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I mean why do people insist on buying so much shit for others, really?
It was free. Don't tell the Queeen!
Don't ever change, you lovely old hippy you. For the record I have to work in order to eat and all that, and it only seems appropriate that the rewards of my hard (!) work are in some way appropriated towards those that I love dearly and not solely on myself. Also - new things! Shiny things! Shiny new lovely things! That and the fact that I'm going to get to watch all 22 chapters of R Kelly's 'Trapped In The Closet' on Christmas Day.
That song will be ingrained forever in your mind. In my quiet moments I still hear that plinky/drippy noise and I have never done more than ten chapters in a row.
when I get presents (or indeed new things I buy for myself) I do tend to sit and look at them/try them on/stack them in neat piles for hours.
Plus, I don't think Christmas is about spending that much, little homemade presents and family and friends fun is always appreciated. The only miserable people are those whinging about the commercialisation of Christmas! Anyway, strip back the commercialism and parties and it's just a Christian festival, in which case being an atheist I wouldn't be able to join in. Yay commercialism!
I almost don't want to open the presents, they all look so great in their shiny identical packaging, all stacked neatly in little boxes.
Drink up. Eat up. Watch Wallace and Gromit. Avoid New Street.
Someone in here said that the minimum they spent on a gift this year was £70. The most I spent was £27 on my sister's presents. It's stupid that EVERY YEAR you're expected to buy someone a £200 necklace and shit. I'm just going to buy folk slippers from now on.
i hate getting pricy things
i feel so awful
getting a cool cd or a jumper is nice
because I bought dad a present that was £30, but mum's was only £15, so I felt like I had to buy lots of other crap to make it up to £30 even. I didn't even realise until Christmas Day that my dad just had this one thing while mum had lots of things and I felt bad. It's stupid - most of the time gift recipients don't even know how much it cost anyway.
I was hoping to make people mix CD's and cookies and stuff but due to family crises I haven't had the time to. Instead I rushed out to the shops, got severely fucked up with the crowds, and ended up spending money I don't really have on my family. Anyway, here's a poster which made me feel better:
eating too much, drinking to much etc etc but seeing people laden down with 20 huge argos bags knowing they'll probably have to start dealing drugs to pay off their credit card in the new year depresses me. Of course I buy presents for family and friends, but not to the extent I need to remortgage the house to pay for them !
roll up kids, scrooge comments greatfully accepted..
Im a bit relived Mrs Knees has withdrawn from spending an extra £179 on our youngest for 'rock band' when she realised that we would need two extra controllers/nunchucks at £60 and the shop wouldnt do a deal. (I've already got him civilisation (on ds) Lego star wars (complete saga) Batallion wars II, final fantasy III and civ II on PC (will be getting pokemon ranger as well) Mrs Knees just gets caught up in the mass frenzy. Im not a scrooge honest.
?? Here son have your first gun and book on gutting fish.
a western economy I'm afraid, that guilt your feeling is all part of the plan.
Stop giving. Stop getting. Show acts of kindness throughout the year not just begrudgingly on one day because you're expected to. It's hardly heartfelt.
it's completely unecessary and so over the top, buying presents for children is fine but buying things for adults that they won't ever use and don't really want, is a waste of time and money. Families getting together and spending time eating and drinking is what Christmas is all about (unless you're Christian, then it's obviously about more than that) far too much emphasis is placed on gifts.
and is fun i dont buy crap i buy consumables. Eg. my grandad fathers present is 20 cans of soup and 4 big bars of chocolate. I hate getting wank present people think are funny but the next day you just want to put in the bin cos you'd rather have the desk space.
i enjoy buying present for my friends and family, it's one of the few christmasy things that i still actually like doing, and i spend money on good presents that they will like. if you don't want to buy 'shit' then either buy something good or nothing at all. give money to charities in people's names or something if nothing else.
george gives cards saying hes given money to a fake charity as a christmas present.
Also just the general atmosphere outside today was awful. I was taken shopping against my will today by a friend and I told them I didn't want to see the stampedes and the crushes and whatever. Lo and behold I witnessed a fight between three women that spilled out of Next into the street. Sometimes I get so sick of being right.
The subject line said "miser" before I opened it. Now it says misery. Confused.
What actually annoys me about Christmas is that I enjoy it a lot.
and I let out the deepest groan humanity has ever seen or heard.
She doesn't even cook.
i can spend as much as i want and still be buying it for the right reasons.
some gifts i got for people:
a homemade johnny foreigner christmas album (free)
a rough guide to Nepal (75p in a charity shop) for my friend who's going travelling there next year
a piggy bank for my sister cos she's poor and loves pigs
a really nice top and necklace for my mum cos i want her to know she looks nice.
a pretty amazing thing for my dad that i also got for someone on here so i can't say what it is!