Nov. 22nd, 2011

sarcasticwriter: (PTSD Jesus)
As we approach Thanksgiving and Black Friday, I'd like to announce my campaign to cancel Christmas gift-giving among adults.*

The best part about being a working adult is the autonomy to make choices about when to buy stuff for yourself. Since nobody knows better than you what you want/need, you're the best person at shopping for you. And as your social circle tends to be in similar financial circumstances to you, there's usually nothing they can get you that you can't get for yourself. In the traditional model of obligatory gift-giving, everybody stresses out trying to buy affordable-but-hopefully-appreciated items and disappointed when they receive affordable-items-they-didn't-want-enough-to-buy-for-themselves.

Come Christmas, every adult should just buy themselves one big gift and call it a life.

* Gift-giving to children remains obligatory. As children have no economic autonomy, Christmas and birthdays are traditionally the only occasions on which they can expect to receive the "big" things they want but have no means to purchase for themselves. For kids, Christmas is a time of profound gratification, which is why you can recall your childhood gifts vividly but can't remember what you got last year.

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