I know Christmas is not supposed to be all about the money, but I also feel like it is hard to give things to people that they want without it. We live in a consumer based world, and how do you go into a home with something that they’ll enjoy when the things they want are pricey. I also know that I don’t have the skill to make things for people, and often times, with things being how they are, to cultivate a skill to make something and then make it can be more expensive than buying it off the shelf from a system that already knows how to build/craft/create the item of desire.
I know, even for myself, that the things I want that I haven’t already purchased myself are due to the expense of them. Sure, there are some nicknacks I’d like, but for the most part, the things I want or need are costly, and I hate people spending money on me that I know they don’t have, and I also dislike spending money that I know I don’t have.
The holiday season is always stressful for me as I run around trying my best to give meaningful gifts to those around me while still making ends meet. With expenses what they are, and saving up for a wedding, I really am not feeling any Christmas cheer over here, and I think my stress is echoed by Annie as she continues to try to deal with the same constraints. I don’t think the “our money is the same money” motto is as nice when there isn’t any to speak of.