MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — For many people, giving and receiving gifts are one of the big parts of the holidays.
However, a new survey shows that 69 percent of Americans would skip exchanging gifts if their family and friends agreed to it.
Lisa and I very seldom exchange gifts. Usually what happens is something breaks about November and when the replacement is bought it’s “Well, there’s your Christmas right there” and it usually is. Oh, we’ll get each other something small for under 20 bucks but that’s about it. I don’t need my wife to buy me something to prove that she loves me.
When we all get together with Lisa’s family for Thanksgiving, we all draw a name and buy a gift for one person with a 20 dollar cap on it which is pretty damned reasonable although I gotta tell you, finding something for under 20 bucks is a challenge in itself.
I’ve seen way too many people go into debt over Christmas. Hell, I knew a dude that bought his wife a fucking car for Christmas and they were just getting by as it was and no, there was nothing wrong with her old ride.
I remember my first Christmas with my ex, The Evil One. Man, here I was, newly married with a 14 year old stepson and in debt. I mean, we were just barely making our rent. We spent a couple hundred bucks on the stepkid, which I had no problem with, but when I gave my ex her present she blew up. Like I said, we were broke. She was really into sweaters so I bought 3-4 really nice sweaters (fuckers aren’t exactly cheap) and a silver necklace. She threw a fit like a 5 year old because it wasn’t what she wanted, a red ruby ring in a gold setting.
I learned my lesson though – from then on, no matter what the occasion was, if it called for a gift she got jewelry. I was also about $15,000 in credit card debt when we divorced.
Lisa’s given up on asking what I want for Christmas or my birthday – she doesn’t understand that I would really really enjoy a pound of gunpowder or some once fired brass. I just can’t think of anything I want, need or gotta have.