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when the thought doesn’t count



the holiday season should be a time to unwind, relax, and enjoy the company of family and friends. oftentimes it’s not the case. to most people, it has become days of living hell.

it has less to do with the dip in temperature that makes your body hospitable to 250 variants of the cold virus. rather, it has more to do with the high level of stress that the season brings.

in between the sneezing and coughing, there’s this feeling of inadequacy, the surging fear of not being able to live up to the expectations of your loved ones. nowhere is this more pronounced than in exchanging gifts.

buying the perfect gift can be very stressful. for example, what do you buy someone who has everything? no matter the amount of time, money, and effort that you’re willing to expend, you’ll always come up short.

even buying for somebody who doesn’t have everything can be difficult as well. believe me, i’ve been there and done that. when opening the gift, s/he’ll show appreciation. but deep inside, s/he’s disappointed.

and vice versa. the gift that you’ve received in return wouldn’t match the thrill of unwrapping it. it’s anything but the gifts you’d whisper to santa at the mall.

to make matters worse, it makes you paranoid. you start analyzing why you’re getting it. like a cologne? do you really smell that bad? sniff. sniff. oh no! oh my!

the holiday gifts that we give and receive end up in the closet or rewrap like the fruit cakes that are gladly passed around through generations.

why don’t we just do away with this tradition of gift-giving at christmastime? instead of buying for others, we buy for ourselves. that way, we leave no room for disappointment and much aggravation.

but sad to say, it’s wishful thinking. it’ll never be allowed in our civilized society. after all, even the grinch who stole all christmas gifts had a change of heart.

December 26, 2009 at 11:10 am 2 comments


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