posted on Jul, 30 2008 @ 06:00 PM
Wow! I'm a good old American boy living in the south, and I decided years ago to tell my friends that I do not wish to receive Christmas gifts or
birthday gifts. If I want something, I'll buy it myself. I enjoy the fellowship of my friends on these days, and that seems like it is enough without
having them put a dollar value on their love and respect for me. I give token presents for both days to my friends (except the one guy who thinks I'm
crazy, he gets me stuff whether I want it or not, therefor, I am guilt-tripped into getting him stuff). I also started fasting on Thanksgiving the
past few years. I just find the senseless over-consumption to be, well, senseless. A personal choice, that's all. Lets be reasonable and remember
that Christmas as a gift-giving day was ginned up by retailers back in the day in order to boost their bottom line in the last quarter, which was
traditionally a slow time for sales due to the fact that people were spending money on necessities like food and heat during the dead of winter
instead of frivolous goods.
Aside from that, why can't anyone in here start a thread about Obama's policy issues instead of this anecdotal bilge which should have no influence
on whether or not you prefer candidate A to candidate B?