I hate shopping during Christmas (Day #24)

Image credit: Anthony Quintano / Christmas lights (Flickr)

Most of you will be celebrating Christmas today, so I can vent my frustrations without too many people reading it.

Let me start by saying that I love Christmas. I love my family, and it’s always fun to get together with them. I’m not much for family fights, so I have no problems with getting everyone around.

I also love giving gifts. It’s something I enjoy very much. I prefer giving than receiving. I don’t crave for many things, so I don’t need much to be happy. I do like giving things to people much more.

For me, gifting is about surprising the other person with something that will make them happy. It’s much more than a material exchange. It’s a token that for me says:

“I know who you are, I know what makes you smile, here you go.”

I go to great lengths to figure out what can make a person tick, what will get them to smile. It’s not about the price; it’s about striking the right cord. That’s why I always try to think about it from their perspective. Many people gift things that they like, not what the other person likes.

The fact is, it’s hard. It takes time and thought. Most people are so busy; they don’t have time for it. They roam the shops, get the first thing they like, wrap it and give it away. Or they’re just lazy. We all know that cousin our aunt…

I hate doing that. I hate going shopping with a deadline. It doesn’t allow me to think well of the other person. And overall, it makes for lousy gifts. And yes, the crowd. Pushing ladies, screaming people, running dads. It’s uncomfortable.

I still enjoy the Christmas season, but I think we should be gifting more times a year and not just on stipulated dates.

So if you ever get a gift from me, I hope you enjoy it. It has a little bit of me. It’s a from me to you. I know you, I know what makes you happy, what makes you smile.

Enjoy the holiday and Merry Christmas to everyone!

This post is part of my 30 Days Writing Challenge. If you want to check out the previous post, here you have an index.

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Chief Editor at The Aleph Report (@thealeph_report), CEO at Press42.com, Cofounder & associated editor @tech_eu, former editor @KernelMag.

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Alex Barrera

Alex Barrera

Chief Editor at The Aleph Report (@thealeph_report), CEO at Press42.com, Cofounder & associated editor @tech_eu, former editor @KernelMag.

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