Would You Consider a “No-Buy” Christmas?
In the aftermath of Black Friday and now ramping up toward the season, I was slightly torn between not buying anything (we need to save every penny right now) and getting little gifts for my immediate family. I’ve decided to make this our second-annual “buying nothing” Christmas. Last year we were pretty strapped- we had borrowed money from family to make our rent, so buying them gifts would have been a little weird. We agreed, even my then-fiance and I decided to not exchange gifts of any sort, except maybe something made or written, like a card or cookies. So I might do a bit of cooking, baking, and crafting, but no “shopping.” My little anti-drop in the bucket doesn’t really change anything, but it does in a small way, the only way I can control. We are all really spoiled. Even I (whose net worth is an atrocious negative number, whose power was disconnected for 25 hours this week) have a roof over my head and food to eat whereas the poor are truly poor- freezing and hungry. I love that the Obamas volunteered at a soup kitchen on Thanksgiving and showed that they truly believe in giving to those less fortunate.
I really liked this video for it’s message and even though I don’t subscribe to organized religion, I recognize the power of organization when it comes to a cause. The other day one of my dear friends was debating over how much to spend on a gift, explaining she knew it would be appreciated but that money was tight. She finally resigned herself saying “Well, you have to get Christmas gifts.” And I calmly said, “No, you don’t.” Christmas shouldn’t be stressful. It should be joyful and relaxing, a sacred time to spend with family and reflecting on your beliefs and expressing your gratitude for all of life’s gifts. There’s nothing wrong with giving gifts, it just makes you think.