December 5, 2016
Raise your hand if you’ve ever been suckered into buying more presents than you could afford because somebody insisted on having the kind of Christmas gathering where everybody gets at least one present—on top of the presents they opened at home.
I keep hearing people talk about how much they have to buy, wrap, etc. They’re so stressed, it makes me want to weep for them.
Why isn’t being with family enough?
I’m not being sanctimonious—I like getting presents as much as anybody else. But I hate seeing people kill themselves all in the name of having a “good” Christmas.
Even if you’re staying with relatives for the holiday, can’t you just buy for your immediate family and throw in a hostess gift?
If you have people in the family who insist on buying for everybody, give them the present they crave the most: Attention.
Admire the beautifully-wrapped presents they’ve brought. Heap extravagant praise on the gift they brought you.
And if they get grumpy because you didn’t get them anything, remind them that it was supposed to be “No Gifts.” Then give them the nicely-wrapped $3 Christmas socks you brought along just for this purpose.
Repeat as many years as necessary.