How important are Christmas gifts to you and your family? We have all heard the message that it is not about the gifts- that Christmas means so much more- but we are bombarded far more by the message that you need to SHOP SHOP SHOP!!! SPEND SPEND SPEND!! SALES!! GIFTWRAPPING!!
It's enormous pressure on people, especially parents (from my view) and it becomes almost painful as the date approaches. As if the very quality of our love for our kids is connected with the amount of money we spend at Christmas.
And I think it sucks.
I already know that Christmas will not bring piles and piles of goodies beneath the tree this year- and I know that I will begin to deliberately ignore the ads- in print, at the stores and on TV. Otherwise I will go batty!
How do you combat that with your kids, or whoever you buy gifts for? The pressure may apply to the person spending the money- but the message of love = size and quantity of gifts is not lost on the recievers either.