Hey there. You know, earlier today, I got to thinking about what my young one wants for Christmas. She said she wanted this Strawberry Shortcake Cafe set type thing. I've never heard of it, but I figured, with the power of Google, I'd be able to figure it out and BAM! There it is, in all it's glory. The problem? It's sold out at Target, Walmart, and Toys R Us... So I decided that I'll look for it later and see if I get lucky and find it somewhere. That lead me to think of that movie, Jingle All the Way with Sinbad and California's very own, "Ahnold". Has Christmas really gone so far down hill that most parents will go out and about, go through hell in a mall, trying to find a great gift for their young ones? I know that the movie exaggerated the hell out of this idea since the two characters practically killed each other for the much wanted Turbo Man, but that general idea seems to be well and good.
Every year, I hear someone or another say that they don't have money to go and get gifts, which is absolutely fine, but the problem I have is that much emphasis is placed on gift giving. Really? Isn't Christmas supposed to be about spending time with your loved ones? A time to reflect on the past year (or is that New Year's?). Where gifts don't make the holiday but simply serve as a side dish to the main course of love, togetherness, and happiness? Yesterday, I went and got gifts for the little one's in my family. My wife and I told ourselves that we'd cut our list short to only include young ones under 7. With the exception of being a parental unit, sibling, or grand parent, don't expect a gift from us. lol But the point being, we took the time to go out and get gifts knowing that we're not going to get some back. And we didn't worry about it. There was no, oh man, we spent too much, no worrying about forgetting this person or that person, or any of that. It felt good to go out and get gifts with out all added pressure and that's how it should be. Us going through a "recession" and all, we're at a point where we are able to give. Whether we receive or not, doesn't matter. At least not to us, the parents (the kids may be a different story).
Now... I'mma go see Elf. That elf sure knows how to do Christmas right. I mean C' mon people. He's parading around in an elf suit singing his little heart out without a care in the world. I think I need to do that. Yeah, I need to walk in a store and be like, "I'm in a store. I'm in a store and I'm singing!" Yeah, that'll spread some holiday cheer alright. lmao Later!