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Christmas gifts from relatives and friends are always awkward.
Will they spend too much? Too little? Am I a cheapskate?
Are they going to buy something horrible and tasteless I have to pretend I like?
Am I going to get yet another pair of Homer Simpson socks?
It’s time to have The Talk.
Years ago, my brother and I agreed to stop buying each other Christmas gifts. It was a great decision that has made my Christmas better every year since.
We’ve both saved a lot of money and a lot of stress of having to work out what the other wants and likes.
Now, as adults who have pretty much everything we need, The Talk has saved us buying useless stuff that neither of us needs.
Over time, I’ve had The Talk with friends and other family members. I receive few gifts at Christmas, and it makes me much happier. I don’t feel indebted to anyone, and I don’t receive stuff I don’t want or need.
Likewise, we’ve encouraged our children to not buy each other gifts at Christmas and birthdays.
It has been a breath of fresh air in our lives.
Christmas should be about family getting together and sharing good times. If you’re religious, it’s about Church and Christ.
It should never be about guilt, consumerism and stress.
Chances are that some of your loved ones would love to have a No Gifts policy with you, they’re just not ready to take the first step. They’re afraid of what you might think. They’re afraid you might think they’re a cheapskate.
So be brave. Make your lives better. Quit the craziness. Find some peace this holidays.
Isn’t is time for you to have The Talk with people you love this Christmas?