Holidailies is challenging my mind with these writing prompts. I guess that is what it is all about. Today's, What holiday tradition do you wish would please just go away?, might turn into a rant. There you have been warned. You can turn away now if you like.
I hate all the gift-giving of the holiday. For the most part the only reason I shop at Christmas is because it is expected of me. I buy things for my grand-kids all through the year and then at Christmas I feel the obligation to go out and get them things they really, really want so that when the school year resumes they can compare notes with their friends. And, just as bad as giving, is the receiving part. I am not a good gift receiver. I buy what I want for myself when I can afford it. I like to pick out the things that I get. I am kind of picky that way. To ooh and ahh over the ugliest sweater ever is just not in my personality. I have tried (and successfully too, I believe) to never hurt feelings for the gifts that I receive. But there are few gifts from over the years that I can even still remember. I have kept some of the things the kids made in school and they are now precious to me. And there have been one or two things that I know a lot of thought went into that still mean a lot to me. But for the most part I think others go out and buy out of obligation, just the way I do.
This is why Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. We get the family get together. We get the wonderful meal. But we don't have to do presents!!
Now I have said it. Bah Humbug!!