You Shouldn’t Have

There is no joy in receiving a gift from someone when you know they can’t afford to give it to you.  I hate how the holidays create this air of obligation between close friends and family members to produce a trinket or coin in order to show love and appreciation.  Times are tough for lots of people and it crushes me some are choosing gift giving over a meal or bills.  How bad does the economy need to get for people to divorce themselves from the retail aspect of holidays and special occasions?

2 Responses to “You Shouldn’t Have”

  1. greeny says:

    It can be a challenge to give at Christmas. Our family and my close friends have scaled back and will continue to do so in the years to come because we all see not only the necessity but the extravagant gifts are not enjoyed more than the thoughtful little gifts.
    Hope your new year brings much joy. Stop by my New Years blog party.

  2. Tricia says:

    I’m on board with you here, and we asked our families not to buy gifts for us this year. It was really, really nice not to share the stress and instead simply to share the cheer.