I just wrote a Facebook status about Christmas. I hate myself for it, hahaha. It INFURIATES me when people write/ talk about Christmas months in advance. It’s RIDICULOUS. But I’ve noticed people have started saying that they’re buying presents for people already so I wanted to get in there and make sure I said this before anyone happens to buy me something.
I’m sharing it with Tumblr to see if it inspires anyone to follow the same route and say “screw commercialism/ materialism” this year.
I don’t love Christmas, because my family drive me insane. I find the whole Christmas period boring beyond belief. There are always arguments, and always bullshit over who got what for who and I just think it is SO SHALLOW. I hate the present exchanges, they’re just completely unnecessary.
I totally understand it for kids, and I will be buying my younger relatives little gifts, but that’s it. I don’t think we need to buy gifts for each other to show our love. Half the time they’re just empty, token gestures. We buy things for people when we don’t even know what they like/ we know they probably won’t even use the thing we’ve wasted our money on, etc. And it just ruins the spirit and the point of Christmas. What I DO like about Christmas is the fact that it’s winter and it’s a lovely, warm, cosy atmosphere. That is all I can appreciate about it. That, and the fact that for people that are really close with their families, it’s a lovely time.
So, here’s my Facebook status:
I’ve decided to write a post about Christmas *shudder*. This will hopefully be the only one I write ;) so, here we go. To anyone that would: please, please, please DO NOT get me Christmas presents this year. I will NOT be offended, I will be relieved. I don’t need anything; I find I’m happier when I just have the things I really need around me. In fact I’m constantly trying to rid myself and my flat of things I don’t really need. I also can’t afford to buy anyone presents myself, which might sound really stingy but I’m really, really broke and think it’s ridiculous to have a purely-commercial pressure to buy presents for people when you can’t afford it. If you’re my friend and I love you, you will know about it and won’t need me to get you a present to prove it. Likewise the other way around. I think we could all use a bit of austerity sometimes and understand that there are things we just don’t need. Self-denial can be pretty liberating. Save your money and use it on yourself, and I will use mine to buy food, pay bills, and survive! I might post this again nearer the time to remind people. I hope you understand ♥ use Christmas as a time to appreciate the people you love and spend quality time with them - not feel pressured to get them the latest “awesome” thing which they probably don’t need/ won’t use, and which you can’t afford!