Monday, November 30, 2009

Gift Time, Once Again

I know I'm not alone, but Christmas stresses me out. I love visiting family, and I enjoy buying and giving gifts. My problem is, I hate having to tell people what I want. My family is all about gifts. Every year, right around turkey day, people start thinking about presents. I can't talk to someone in my family without being asked "what do you want for Christmas?" or "what does Em want?" Terrible problem to have, huh? Everyone wants to give me gifts, and here I am complaining about it.

The thing is, I don't need anything. I have everything I need to get through the day, and I have a stack of stuff up in the attic. Not only do I not need anything, but I don't have room for anything else. If you have ever seen Emily's and my living space, it is not very big and there is no room to spare.

The reason this is on my mind right now is because I just found myself surfing around on looking for stuff to tell people I want. Nothing in mind, just searching for stuff to want. This can't be right. Last year, I tried telling my family I didn't want anything. It didn't last long. It got awkward when I had to ask people what they wanted. I felt like I was making them feel bad for telling me.

I love Christmas, and I respect the origin off gift giving. I just wish that there was an easy way to transfer my gifts to people who really need them without disrespecting the people so generously gave them to me.


  1. i am with you 1,000,000,000,000%.

  2. I agree. My family is HUGE with gift giving-it always stresses me out. I am 28 years old and still have to make a Christmas list. Could you request practical things-like gas gift cards, Kroger gift cards, even socks? Those are always on my list. And if you wanted to give those away to others, you easily could...

  3. Yep. I have to make a list, too. My dad gets a pad of paper and a pen and just stares at me. I actually do ask for socks and underwear every year, so that's nice.