I want to know who was the advertising agency behind 'Christmas Gifts'.
Because that is a line of bullshit. It is more like 'Christmas Trades'. I give you a box, you give me a box - abracadabra: Christmas.
The gifts themselves aren't even an important part of the equation. It is more like you are putting a bow on the fact that you ran an errand specifically in honor of that person.
"Yes, Aunt Louise, it is a sweater. But REALLY? Really, it is 25 minutes of finding a parking spot, getting elbowed in the groin by an old woman over the last pair of reindeer socks and an extra $20 on my credit card statement. I don't give a damn if it doesn't fit. Merry Christmas."
Which is fine, I still very much enjoy the Christmas Trading and spending hours finding a gift that isn't exactly what that person would have bought if they didn't have to waste their money buying me something I don't exactly want.
Because it brings together friends and family and reminds us of all the wonderful people in your life.
Unless you're one of those people who get a Lexus for Christmas.
Then I'll trade ya.