Bah, christmas. If ever there was an example of mindless trend-following this has got to be it. The time when everyone gets the insane concept that gifts must be given for no real reason whatsoever other than the pure fact that everyone else is doing it.
I simply don't understand it. I mean, I understand the wanting to do something because it's a "tradition" and all that. And I can appreciate that people actually like to give gifts, I must admit it is a nice feeling. But when someone makes it clearly known that they don't want anything and in fact are actively against receiving something, they why would you go ahead and get them something regardless of this fact? If Person A gives you a list and on it they have listed items x,y, and z, you go out of your way hunting all over to find those items and give them to that person, right? So, if Person B gives you a list with only one item, and they say that they desperately have been wanting it for years, wouldn't you go out of your way to give it to them? Particularly if that item can be found anywhere? What if you didn't even have to leave your house, didn't have to spend any money, and didn't have to even go through the trouble of wrapping it?? Wouldn't you think that'd be the best damn situation possible? Who cares what the item is, if it's that easy to find and the person wants it that badly, what's the excuse for refusing to give it to them and instead give them something they don't want, like, or use?
I'm sorry, I'm just bitching. I know it won't have any effect. I know people will do what they want, and I'll just have to suffer the concequences. Maybe this year I'll actually be able to refuse. I almost did last year, but I didn't want to upset anyone. So instead I was the only one who had to get upset. This is really starting to grind on me, though. After so many years of having to see just how little people actually care about me and my concerns.