Thursday, December 17, 2015

What I Want For Christmas

Guys, it's almost Christmas! We are a week away from Christmas and there is seriously so much to do! I thought that we'd start making posts a little bit more holiday oriented, so this is going to be my list of everything I want for Christmas. 

Just kidding! I am actually probably one of the least materialistic, most frugal person on the planet. This year, and for the last couple years, I haven't made lists of what I want and when people ask me what I'd like I always respond with, "you really don't need to get me anything." I'm not saying all of this to make you feel bad if you ask for things, or to make myself seem great or above it all. I just think that the older I get, the more I realize that time and experiences are far better than any material type thing. 

With all that being said, I was actually talking to my friend Salamander the other day (yes: I call her Salamander, no: that's not her real name, it's Amanda) and she was like "I haven't bought your gift, what do you want?" I responded with my usual "you don't need to get me anything, save your money for yourself..." but we ended up talking a little bit and I asked if she had her copy of On the Road from high school because I ended up giving my copy away to another friend and I wanted to re-read it. We talked some more and she pretty much said that I could have the book if I wanted it because she wasn't going to read it again, but that she could get me a brand new copy for Christmas if I wanted one because she had annotated hers. I was like, if you're willing to give me your book that could be my present and I don't mind that it's annotated... We kind of left it like that, so I think I'm going to get the book from her when I get back and I'm not sure if she'll end up getting me something else or not. 

I guess what I'm saying is that I never really want anything for Christmas. I do get presents, and I truly appreciate every single gift I receive, but I never want to tell people what to get me because in my mind that causes a shift from being genuinely shocked and appreciative when opening a present to feeling entitled to whatever is in the box instead of truly appreciating it. 

Lately I feel like minimalism is such a trendy thing, but that's not why I feel the way that I do. I am just at a point in life where I have all of the necessities and I don't need anything else. I want to challenge all of you guys to try focusing on other people this season, to try and avoid the materialistic pitfalls of the holidays, and prioritize the things that truly matter like spending time with family and friends. Materialism and greed is one of the roots of all evil, so make this a season of giving instead of getting. 

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