December 06, 2005

Lumps of coal















The funny thing about Christmas is the commercialism ... I worked retail for several years in my 20s. Both full time and part time. I watched people come in and buy all kinds of stuff for people without a care in the world whether they would like it. I sold men's clothes at a somewhat exclusive store. People would come in. "Bob's wardrobe is so drab, let's get him some colorful sweaters." You try to talk these people out of it, but they buy it anyway. Bob walks in the day after Christmas to return the stuff. You see, Bob dresses blah because he likes it. And so many people fail to think about the personality they are buying a gift for. My favorite line at the Holidays when people were searching for a gift, was - How much do you love them? "Oh, about $50 worth." LMAO I was always cracking up inside.

Even the Peanuts Christmas special is laced with commentary on the commercialization of Christmas. Lucy wants land. Charlie's sister wants money - tens and twenties. When you go back to the office after Christmas, people will ask you (and you'll ask others) "Was Santa good to you this year?" "Yeah, I got 5 lumps of coal," is my answer this year.

10 Comments:

At 11:27 AM, Blogger Buffalo said...

I have my freedom, my mind, my health and love.

I think I'm doing pretty damned well.

 
At 11:29 AM, Blogger Mad Munkey said...

You can't ask for anything better...

 
At 7:38 PM, Blogger Neonalune said...

All I want is what's coming to me. All I want is my fair share! :-)

 
At 8:24 PM, Blogger Still Searching... said...

There's nothing I want or need. I'm good. Wouldn't bother me a bit if there was nothing under the tree for me. I don't like people feeling obligated to get me something. And yeah, most of 'em, don't have a clue what makes me tick.

 
At 8:44 PM, Blogger ME said...

LMAO. I just watched Charlie Brown's Christmas with the kids. It just finished. I don't want anything for Christmas except for my kids to be happy and healthy. Anything else is icing on the cake that I will eat after Christmas dinner.

 
At 11:10 AM, Blogger Audrey said...

yeah. Christmas really has become a commercial holiday, and I think it is sad. I grew up poor, and getting ANY gift on Christmas was a big deal. Now it seems its all about how much money you spend on someone - often on things they don't even want or need. :-( Sad really.

 
At 5:38 PM, Blogger Alice said...

aw... but.. but.. i mean, commercialization = bad, yes. but i LIKE exchanging gifts! it's... fun! *fully expects to be shot by the EVIL XMAS NOW COMMERCIALIZED crowd*

 
At 1:48 PM, Blogger introspectre said...

I will tell them truthfully, "Didn't see the big guy in red, but the Christmas Kraken was amazing!"

 
At 9:13 PM, Blogger Chrissie said...

I buy some stuff (kids usually)... but mostly i make things. I do a lot of cooking... This year i'm canning my spaghetti sauce and we are making flavored vodkas... I bought these really cool bottles online to fill n give out... I also usually do Cookies and breads for the "lesser" people you feel like you have to give something to... (teachers, co-workers you don’t really know ect)

As far as what *I* want... I want what I give. Something with a personal touch. It means a lot more to me if it isn’t bought in a store, but... it really is the thought that counts to me. If they thought of me enough to buy me bath salts in the dollar store then hey... they THOUGHT of me somewhere so, thank you.

 
At 10:54 AM, Blogger Lil Bit said...

The commercialization of xmas... *sigh*... yeah, this year I think it happened right after freakin' HALLOWEEN! Jeez! What happened to waiting until at LEAST the day after Thanksgivin'. *rolls eyes*
Bah! Humbug! LOL

 

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