Good Monday Morning…
Betty Boop looked too fierce….i wish i looked like that right now!
There are only eight shopping days until Christmas and i have to say i can’t wait to be done with the countdown. Not that i am counting down because i am so not in the spirit of shopping (i love to give but i really try and not get involved in the hustle and bustle of shopping). But i have seen too many people rushing and going and going and the holiday season shouldn’t be all about shopping for items that kids are going to use and forget about in less than a week. And even online shopping is not as fun as it once was…the companies are getting away with too many hidden fees in the shipping and handling. The madness needs to stop. Especially since this time of year is supposed to be joyful.
Christmas definitely has become too commercialized. When did i become soooooo old? I used to love being part of the commercialization of Christmas. I loved shopping for Christmas…even when i was young and didn’t have a lot of money. But Christmas has become more about: “what are you getting me? “what did you give me?” than about giving of ourselves and time.
A few years ago…one of my nieces was gifted with so many toys that by the end of the night, she had lost most if not all of the pieces to her Barbie doll set. She seemed to entitled to all the gifts. It made me sad to think that at five years old, she did not even know the meaning behind gifts and giving during the holidays.
Since Baby Pancakes is young right now…we are not so focused on gifting him with the latest toys. Remember the Tickle Me Elmo craze? I don’t think i would have been one of those parents. He would have gone without Tickle Me Elmo…truth be told, i don’t even know the names of popular toys for sixteen month old boys. I know there is a list somewhere.
If anything…we are giving hm items that we feel he will need and use. Including books. Yes i am one of those parents that is going to wrap up books for her son to open on Christmas morning. I am sure family members will get him toys and honestly most times that’s what people end up doing: toys and clothes, which i am not complaining about one bit. I would prefer to do things differently in my home.
The other day hubby and i were having a conversation about purchasing stuff for other people’s children. I am all for giving items that are more functional like savings bonds and educational items. Things i would want for my child. And of course, hubby said most people and children prefer toys over other things. No one likes to get an educational toy….especially if it’s not an electronic one. I understand the immediate gratification that children receive from getting toys…but toys also break whereas something like a savings bond can last for a long time. I know…that’s boring but so much more wiser. A savings bond will be there next year, whereas a toy may not.
Maybe i am thinking too rationally about shopping and giving during the holiday. Should i be like everyone else and get involved in the hustle and bustle of shopping just to buy the status quo toys? Or should i stick to my guns and be the aunt/friend who gives gifts that are not fun but more long term? Or are my ideals going to totally change about shopping and giving the older Baby Pancakes’ gets?
And while we are speaking of shopping and giving for Christmas, when did i get to the point when i didn’t really want anything? If you are reading this
Mr. Pancakes err Santa…you still have to get me something!!
Question of the Day: Are you a big shopper around the holidays? Do you give fun or more practical gifts?