Christmas has become so much less about the religious significance of the day and instead about gift-giving - and gift-giving to an extreme extent. While our economy suffers, we are still under so much pressure to buy expensive gifts, the latest toys, the newest gadgets, and make sure that no one feels "slighted" if they don't get enough presents or the right presents. The pressure is perhaps highest on parents to make sure little Tommy or Sarah isn't disappointed by their loot from Santa, but everyone can feel the stress of gift-purchasing as well. People today will even forgo a proper Thanksgiving with family in lieu of camping out in department store parking lots, lining up for Black Friday sales!
I think it's become ridiculous - as much as yes, as a jewelry maker and crafter, I acknowledge the holiday season is my best time of year for making sales and trying to earn some money. I just don't like the madness of the commercial pressure to buy, buy, buy mass-produced goods, many of which will be forgotten about long before next Christmas rolls around. Personally I try to hand-make as many of my Christmas presents as I can, or buy unique things for people from other crafters. I try not to go overboard about it and my partner and I have a long-standing pact not to buy much of anything for each other for Christmas, choosing instead to save that money for planning trips vacation trips for the year ahead.
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