Recently I mentioned that neither do I receive christmas presents nor do I make any.
You wanted to know why so I´m trying to explain this (completely aware that probably no one will fully agree with me on that).
First of all, I´m not a christmas person. I don´t believe in God, I left church a few years ago and if I hate something then it is hipocrisy and superficiality.
Back then, when I got my Barbie campervan, my new sets of pyjamas and winter boots I loved it - which child doesn´t?! Especially if you are an only child and the only grandchild to two full sets of grandparents!
Then I became a teenager...and started to notice that no one in my family was really that much into christmas. My parents never bought presents for each other and if there was anything between my grandparents and them or me it was cash. Not that I´m complaining but it felt right to give up on the whole idea. Giving for giving´s sake felt wrong.
Then I married into an English family that still didn´t celebrate christmas an awful lot but insisted on presents. I tried it one year and realized very quickly that it was just not my cup of tea. Unwrapping presents while the whole lot was staring me in the face and watching my reactions...and everyone who knows me is aware that I´m complete crap at dissembling. If I don´t like it my facial expression will show it and then I feel guilty and embarrassed and it´s unpleasant for everyone. So, I made a point of starting a strict no-presents policy.
So far I haven´t missed it a bit. The amount of shit that gets bought by some people year after year, the hassle and rushing around, the great and false expectations and the money wasted..no.
I´m a nightmare to buy things for anyway (and so is my husband), if we like something we buy it - and normally within a few hours of mentioning it so no chance for a surprise.
Well, that´s my point of view...nothing wrong with a truly original and heartfelt small present or a card but this can be made on 365 days. Christmas is just not for me.