It was Hubby who first pointed it out to me while we were watching television last night. “Have you noticed how more and more commercials are featuring big item gift giving as the norm for Christmas?” Actually I hadn’t since I largely ignore most of them, inasmuch as is possible to ignore these things, especially as the volume increases automatically everytime one starts. But as I started to think about it I realized he was right.
Who are those people on those commercials anyhow? You know the ones I mean: Those who wrap big red bows around brand new cars and leave them parked on driveways to be discovered the next morning by their unsuspecting spouses. Who buys big-screen high-definition TVs to surprise their husbands? I faint if my husband decided to give me a diamond that means forever. There’s nothing wrong with that kind of gift giving, if you can afford it, I suppose. It’s just that I never knew anyone with gift-giving habits like that, even though I’ve known people who have a lot of money. Do you suppose those commercials ever give anyone the idea that everybody else is giving and getting a lot better Christmas gifts than they?
So if you’re one of those who would like to simplify Christmas instead of staying on the same old rat-race year after year, a logical beginning would be to turn off the television from around the middle of October. Don’t turn it on again until the end of January when Sears finally quits imploring you to “give yourself what you didn’t get for Christmas.”
I forgot a very important link to this post. In support of the “cradle to the grave” indulgence pattern of some Americans–and YOU know who you are–here’s a shopping guide for that new baby. It’s a diamond pacifier like the one that was supposedlly given to Brad and Angelina for their new baby Shiloh when she was born a year or so ago. It’s only $17,000. If you want to check this pacifier out, to satisfy your curiosity or because you want to buy one for yourself, or if that’s a little steep for your budget this year, be sure you take a little time to look at the “personalized” but cheaper, albeit plastic, versions by clicking into the catalog sidebar on the left for your specific needs. God bless America!