Just Write: When it comes to gift-giving, maybe the Grinch had it right
It's no secret I love the holiday season — with all of the colorful lights and displays, my high hopes for lots of snow and all of the time spent with family and friends.
But there's one thing I dread during the big buildup to Christmas.
It's one simple question that, as a kid, was extremely easy to answer when Santa asked after I went through the Toys R Us catalog circling all of the Nintendo games: “What do you want for Christmas?”
With apologies to Santa, I never truly want anything.
Yes, it's great to open tech gadgets, DVDs and even Nintendo games, but I could do without any of it.
We love our family and friends, so we show them our appreciation through buying gifts. But the idea of stressing over not only what to get someone but what to tell someone what you'd like can be too much.
As I deck the halls in October, others freak as the impending “Buy-Anything-to-Give-Someone-a-Gift” season approaches. They panic, thinking of crowded malls and store parking lots. They fear long lines at checkouts and out-of-stock items.
I'm guilty of being part of the gift-buying craze, too. While I budget and plan and try to think of special items — not just something off a store shelf — I find myself worrying too much about the perfect gift.
But I tend to think of what — of all creatures — the Grinch said about the holiday after trying to stop it from happening: “It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled 'till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.”
Bobby Cherry is an associate editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-324-1408 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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