Originally Posted by Douglas
I think you guys have probably covered this, but I am really not at all in the Christmas spirit anymore.
All the commercialism is so stupid. I don't want to buy gifts for anyone, and I don't want them to buy gifts for me. Inevitably it's a letdown for them; I'm tough to shop for. You're not going to get me something I didn't know I wanted, and if I wanted it, I'd have it already, or I could have told you what to get but nobody wants to hear that. So people spend money on junk I have to pretend to like, which is awful for them.
And I'm happy to get a gift for my kid, and my wife, but other than that, my parents have freaking everything and don't want anything more. I am happy to have gotten a nice tablet
for my father-in-law, who can't afford such indulgences
; it's the one gift I'm really happy about. But we have this big extended family gathering next Saturday and i have to go through the motions of getting something for like 15 different people that are just silly. My wife gets irritated that I just want to get like $15 gift cards to Starbucks or Amazon for all 8 of my cousins and their families; she's still stressing about it and I'm just, like, over it.
Honestly I've barely Christmas-shopped this year and it's all gotten so stupid and hectic I've gone beyond stressing about it to just not caring.
And there's something really sad about that.