Thursday, November 29, 2007

Stuff

The commercialization of Christmas really gets to me sometimes.I know it is nice to get people gifts and it makes me feel good but I don't like the fact that,especially for kids, the implication the retailers give you that you have to spend a lot to get them anything they would remotely like.It's all about "stuff".Acquire more stuff... I like gift cards because if you get one you can use it for something you truly need/want.Same thing for if you give one.But to get people slippers, nightgowns,gloves etc... when you don't know if they need them or want them and are just at a loss as to what they would like seems dumb to me.I know a lot of people don't do gift cards because they want the person to have something to open but why not get a small gift and include the gift card? My nephews are big now but when they were little I bought them video games, toys, board games, radios, walkie talkies etc.. and they acquired so much stuff-so much that they had no idea they had it because it never got used more than a few times..... Maybe nowadays it is different because a lot of the gifts are electronic and they get used more and they cost more? Still, I think rather than guessing sometimes a gift card would be a good idea-what kid doesn't like to shop for themselves ha ha Kids nowadays don't want an Mp3 player they need an Ipod.They don't want a cell phone they want a Juke,Razor or Chocolate Bar cell phone-it's all about brand names marketed to them to sell stuff. So you wonder when you buy something is this really gonna be good enough and live up to their expectations-is it the right brand? I guess this goes through my head periodically when I am shopping for the holidays. I am always trying to stream line the "stuff" I have that I don't use so I guess that is why I have this thing about "stuff"..................

3 comments:

Mishelle said...

I'm having a hard time with that pic, Kitty. Can you send me the BIGGEST file you have of it?

You saw the awards right?

Minilegs said...

I know what you mean. My step son is horrible at this one because he is spoiled and I mean in a bad way. He has two sides of the family and gets anything he wants and doesnt play with half of it. I end up buying him stuff he needs like clothes, bedding, etc. We also told everyone for his Birthday to get him educational stuff and he got that and some games.

baby~amore' said...

Great post.I agree 100% - it is the me generation and all on credit.
I hope I can teach my children (well too late for the 14yr old) but the twins that Christmas isn't just about heaps of new toys.
I bought a lot of things from overseas aid this year and I will tell my eldest why it is much more important he considers them and their suffering. YES ,We have way too much stuff.