I Believe Christmas Isn't All About Gift Giving

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    A Great Alternative To Gift Giving

    Since my children will always receive presents from other relatives and friends, be it Christmas or Birthdays, I decided long ago to give my children an option. Do you want presents OR would you prefer a "Day with Dad". They have always chosen the Day with Dad. A Day...
    lovelife2themax lovelife2themax
    51-55, M
    1 Response Dec 21, 2009


     Dec 23rd, 2008 Our Gift   I have been having quite a lot of fun this week, writing and conveying some of my favorite free gift ideas.  I am hopeful that while everyone is enjoying some of my more impudent prose, that they take a few minutes out of their very busy day...
    TeslasTemptress TeslasTemptress
    46-50, F
    2 Responses Dec 23, 2008

    Give to Kids

     Local police dept gives out bikes and food baskets every year. This year the list is long, and many in need. Since my family is full of ingrates I will not give them anything except my time if they choose to spend it with me. I am buying bikes and food for needy worthy kids...
    FryingTroutFillets FryingTroutFillets
    51-55, M
    1 Response Dec 8, 2008

    Gift For Teslastemptress

     An ode for TeslasTemptress From the Works The Poems and dramas of Lord George Gordon Byron 1885   Alas! our young affections run to waste, Or water but the desert; whence arise But weeds of dark luxuriance, tares of haste, Rank at the core, though...
    LordByronReborn LordByronReborn
    51-55, M
    1 Response Dec 17, 2008


    its about gift getting too lol  nah its really about eating too much in front of people u only see 2 times a year and then not being able to poop in your own bathroom cause ur mother doesnt want you to "stink it up for the guests" well she was even more pissed...
    theluckyduck theluckyduck
    31-35, M
    2 Responses Jan 20, 2009

    Christmas: Sharing Traditions and Creating Lasting Memories

    Christmas: Sharing Traditions and Creating Lasting Memories.             There is a television commercial for an automotive company that is making the rounds this holiday season. It shows young children as they talk about the...
    TeslasTemptress TeslasTemptress
    46-50, F
    7 Responses Dec 8, 2008

    Christmas Memories of Simpler Times

    I needed to go into work on Christmas Day, to take care of some issues. As I traveled the main streets of my town, I saw families, a single  person, or a couple in their vehicles.  I wondered if they were to go to or coming from their Christmas Gatherings. But...
    PeedeeDog PeedeeDog
    7 Responses Dec 26, 2008

    My Gift Giving

    I am giving the earth 10 pecan trees this Christmas. One of which is going in my back yard.  :) I am also giving 20 blue gills back to the lake after Jane watched them hatch and grow (and almost out grow) her aquarium. It's a different I know, but those are the types of...
    NaturesSeed NaturesSeed
    22-25, F
    Dec 9, 2009

    Of Course It Isn't!

    It's also about Christmas cookies, eggnog, and covers of classic Christmas songs gone horribly, horribly wrong. Bring on Christmastime.
    kleisse kleisse
    22-25, F
    7 Responses Dec 14, 2008

    Creative Christmas Gift

    Creative Christmas Gift Since this is a no cash budget Christmas I have been trying to do something creative as a gift idea for some of my buddy's. Seems I'm not all that creative of a guy, but I do have a creative eye. So I am sending out some ep stories to friends. Thank you...
    RichmansRevenge RichmansRevenge
    41-45, M
    2 Responses Dec 18, 2008

    My Grown Up Christmas

    This year, I didn't quite enjoy Christmas like I used to. That is something I experienced last year as well, but this year it actually caught my attention. I just wasn't in that funny cheerful lit-up happy Christmas-mood. I saw the Christmas tree in our living room, I heard my...
    JojaRodenaLente JojaRodenaLente
    18-21, F
    Jan 2, 2009

    What Makes It Really Seem Like Christmas For You?

    There seems to be something in particular that gives each of us the Christmas spirit, unless you are one of those that hates Christmas, and I find it interesting what each of our "aha" trigger is. For some people it is the shopping and buying presents (and no that is not me...
    Chelebub Chelebub
    51-55, F
    Dec 10, 2012

    Starting To Enjoy Christmas Again

    Giving gifts that are needed throughout the year and are more practical has really helped give back that feeling of the holidays. Instead of the dread of balancing my checkbook after the holidays I will be thinking about how much fun seeing family and enjoy the food was.
    BeTheBestMe BeTheBestMe
    36-40, F
    Dec 15, 2009

    More In The Spirit Than Others

    I think some people forgot the meaning of the holiday.  Now days it's like people's in competition of who can buy the best gifts for each other.  I've got a few people in my family like that.  My sister and her husband is the ones that I dread buying for every year.  To me...
    tngurl25 tngurl25
    26-30, F
    1 Response Sep 4, 2011

    Christmas Around The Globe

    Sparkling string of bulbs has brightened up the streets, adding the touch of Christmas that start as early in late September. The ordinary evergreen tree took on a magical, sparkling life of its own. It is the most meaningful time of the year that connects everyone's heart...
    Fairy1998 Fairy1998
    18-21, F
    1 Response Nov 27, 2013

    Downsizing Christmas

     Dec 8th, 2008 Down sizing Christmas  This year I have decided to down size my Christmas giving in the form of gifts. If you are one of my friends, colleagues or business partners you will not receive a gift from me this year. I will then take any money that I would...
    RichmansRevenge RichmansRevenge
    41-45, M
    4 Responses Dec 8, 2008


    For the last few years I haven't really had much for Christmas. But I don't care. I don't have any needs, I don't want anything. It's just about family and Christmas dinner! Oh the dinner, damn, I really do love that part about it. That's what I look forward to the...
    Achilles1989 Achilles1989
    22-25, M
    Jun 9, 2009

    What Happened To The Magic?

    I love the spirit of Christmas.  The music, the decorations, the food, being with those you love.  I think the gifts get in the way.  Everything becomes rushed and stressed and no one ends up happy.  If you can't afford to give big presents, you feel cheap and...
    swirlingmist swirlingmist
    51-55, F
    1 Response Dec 25, 2009

    Donate to the Kids

     I am asking my family and friends to donate any money from gifts that I would get to kids at the local childrens hospital.  I will still buy gifts for my kids, but I will also do lots of fun stuff to create memories. Thank you TeslasTemptress and RichmansRevenge. You...
    CreatingScandal CreatingScandal
    31-35, F
    2 Responses Dec 8, 2008

    Time to Rejoice In Christ's Birth

    Remember the baby Jesus at Christmas Time and God Bless everyone.
    NennolinaMeosAngel NennolinaMeosAngel
    51-55, F
    1 Response Dec 17, 2008

    Isint The Same..

    Im Sydney,Im 12 years old, And my house will never be the same at Christmas time. We used to throw a big party for the whole family,decorate the house with a huge train display and Lights,and a huge tree!But now..It isint the same.No Snow. No more parties.no more lights. no more...
    nomorechristmas nomorechristmas
    13-15, F
    Dec 2, 2012

    Must Agree.

                  Christmas to me is spending time with loved ones and praising Jesus for his dying on the cross and his wonderful rebirth.              ...
    cjpsf5 cjpsf5
    41-45, M
    26 Responses Jul 10, 2009

    The Magic Of Christmas

    I have always loved the magic of Christmas. Sometimes the hustle and bustle doesnt bother me at all because in the back of my mind it's just a magical day for many reasons. I have never believed Christmas is strictly about gift giving, a least not in a materalistic way. There...
    winterlace winterlace
    1 Response Dec 25, 2010

    For Many Years

    For many years, my family was poor and wasn't able to give each other gifts. Which was no big deal, at the time, because my parents got into the Jehovah Wittiness religion and no holidays were allowed. :-/ So, all through my childhood, there were no gifts or Santa Claus, or...
    deleted deleted
    1 Response Dec 8, 2008

    Not About God Either

    I do not believe Christmas is about gift giving or about the birth of Jesus either. Since Jesus was not even born in December....but I digress, that is another story. I believe that Christmas is nothing but a over-commercialized holiday. Though, I do still celebrate it. But for...
    brwneyedbeauty brwneyedbeauty
    18-21, F
    Jun 2, 2011

    But Somehow We Have Forgotten The Importance Of Gift Giving

    In all our tirades about the commercialism of Christmas we seem to have forgotten that their are only 2 major gift giving holidays in American culture Christmas and a persons birthday. In all are tirades about materialism we have somehow forgotten what gifts can communicate...
    tulick tulick
    31-35, F
    7 Responses Dec 26, 2009

    Christmas About Giving Love

    Christmas has always been for me about being with friends and family and passing around old stories of growing up and loving each other. My family is getting smaller due to death, but it is still great to be with my family that I have left.
    swan2857 swan2857
    51-55, F
    1 Response Dec 14, 2008

    Christmas Is Not Only About Gift Giving

    Christmas is not only about gift giving, it's about goodwill to others, goodness that's in your heart and the love that you shower around you. The real message of Christmas is love, because The birth of Christ is all about His infinite love for us. His coming into this world is...
    deleted deleted
    2 Responses Dec 2, 2012

    It's About Receiving....

    ...and the baby Jesus....and I shouldn't have so much sugar this time of night
    deleted deleted
    1 Response Dec 13, 2008

    Yes It Is Not All About

        christmas isn't all about giving . it is about family , loving each other , enjoying each other company . a time to just slow odwn .
    deleted deleted
    Aug 6, 2009

    Of Course Not

    Christmas is about screaming, guilt tripping, what was said in our family 30 years ago, my granddad being a Nazi and my mother being crazy, my aunt nearly dying 20 years ago, my uncles new boat, the family business, suicide attempts, how fat ive gotten, how pretty one of my...
    Tesse Tesse
    18-21, F
    7 Responses Dec 9, 2008
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