I was asked by one of you if the holiday season was a time “to be irritated by the commercialism” of the holiday season. I would have to say, as much as it irritating I would say it’s more stressful. I haven’t done any of my Christmas shopping and you know what? I feel guilty about it. Today I had plenty of opportunities to go out and shop but instead I did some gardening.
I wasn’t even gardening for myself, I was doing it for my parents. Although, I will admit it was a slightly selfish act because I enjoy it so much but, I kept thinking, as my hands were wrist deep in soil, I really need to go shopping.
Part of my issue with buying presents is that I am a horrible gift giver. I don’t think I’m very thoughtful and I’m also a very poor grad student whose rent is due in a week. I have a significant other I need to get something for and you know what, I’m completely clueless on what to get my other half. Especially since, my love is so much more thoughtful than I am.
Because I keep stressing over this I find myself not so excited to go shopping either. Who wants to be braving malls, and strip malls pushing their way through other stressed out shoppers. I just know it needs to be done so I should just get it over with.
What I do look forward to though has nothing to do with shopping and gift giving. It has to do with family tradition. I think this is what gets most of us, who are not driven by sales and savings and shopping, through this over commercialized season. I can’t wait for my mom to start baking and to get the Christmas tree set up. I also love putting up the nativity scene and the special holiday towels and mistletoe up.
I hope I’m not the only one who could care less about shopping and looks forward to spending time with family, bake, decorate and of course be annoyed by my family.