*Ho Ho Ho

christmas-branchI was in a doctor’s office today.  I was waiting , of course, which gave me ample time to browse magazines I’d never otherwise see.  One was a “Christmas” edition with these headlines:  Great Gifts for Everyone- for $50 and less!  Wow.  Since when is $50 the bar for everyone’s gifts?  And what a “Christmas” message!

We all know that every holiday has been taken hostage by commercialism.  But did you know that my dearest widower was aware of this 40+ years ago?  He was not going to succumb to advertizing snares, so we barely celebrated Valentine’s Day (“a holiday invented by Hallmark”).  When he and I agreed that we’d limit our Christmas spending on each other, he was true to his word; I always rounded down to the nearest hundred.  In my mind, saying we wouldn’t buy ANY gifts was nonbinding.  It was more like a New Year’s resolution or a phrase like, “See you later!”  Maybe, maybe not.  We had some melodramatic scenes on Christmas morning, as I revealed the “surprise” presents for him and he made a frantic run to the grocery store.  After all these years together, we are no longer fooled by my wishful thinking that he and I view gift-giving in the same way.

Now that I understand the true meaning of Christmas, well, I still love gifts.  $50 gifts?  Nah.  Unless it’s for something techie, of course.

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