Christmas knitting is sort of limping along. I’ve finished my mom and step-dad. Oh and the hubs, can’t forget him. I am half way finished with my brother’s gift. I bought one for his girlfriend. I won’t be able get anything done for my mother-in-law, brother-in-law, grandmother-in-law or even my own grandmother. Maybe I’ll just buy her something. She’s like me, she’s all about the useful gifts. I’ll snoop around and see what she needs.
Speaking of useful gifts. I was at my mom’s and saw a tv commercial. It was about a man buying his wife a vacuum cleaner for Christmas. So she sent him to the dog house. It was kind of like prison in the dog house. It was a really stupid commercial for a jewelry store, of course. Because obviously your wife won’t love you unless you spend hundreds, or even thousands (gasp) of dollars on a piece of jewelry. I know this phenonmenon is real, after having worked in a jewelry store, especially at Christmas. It is utterly ridiculous to me. Really, how many diamond rings and necklaces does one woman need? I guess I’m in a minority these days. I’d rather have a washing machine. I can do without a dryer, there are these things called clothes lines…
My husband knows that I’d much rather have a useful gift as opposed to something frivolous. He did buy me jewelry, from the family business of course, in the beginning. In fact I only had one necklace and one ring before we dated each other. I’m not really that into jewelry, I guess. Now he asks what I need. What I’d love to have for, well for ever, is a pressure canner. There is a brand, that I can’t think of right now, sold at the co-op in Romney. It does not have a gasket. It is milled so that it seals itself without one. So, with proper care it could concieveably last forever! Amazing!!!!!!
The amount of commercialism and “buy, Buy, BUY!” that has crept into this season just makes me sad. This is supposed to be a time of joy and celebration. Not a time of stress and amassing enormous amounts of debt to buy things. I’m not going to wax poetic or anything like that. Phew! Just caught myself! I am just hoping that more people remeber the true meaning behind this season and take a step back from the other things. Take time to love on your family. Give an old friend a call just to say hi. Send a letter to a pen pal. Enjoy your Christmas.