Posted by: Diane Curran | December 13, 2009

Bah Humbug

Christmas is 12 days away and I’ve done no shopping. Maybe I’ve got the Grinch disease, maybe it’s all Bah Humbug, but it’s kind of lost its magic for me. It has been a very tough year for us financially and I’ve sacrificed a lot as a result, including the 6 hour trip down south for the extended family Christmas party which is happening today. (But one phone call will turn into a communal phone call with many family members.)

I think my Bah Humbugitits is partly because of the commercialism of Christmas. I would rather buy presents for someone when I see something they like…spontaneous…not just because some tradition dictates that it is now ‘gift-giving time.’

Last year was easy.  My writers group released their 20th anniversary anthology and I had a short story and some collage poetry in it, so I gave my relatives a copy of the anthology. This year I’ve avoided all non-essential shopping trips as a rule.  I have no idea what’s out there. And no inclination to find out. This year I’m lost.

Two weekends ago, we had our writers group Christmas party and each brought along a secret santa present ($5 or under).

I found a gorgeous little treasure chest, labelled it as a cure for Writer’s Block,

and then filled it with coloured slips of papers with inspirational quotes from writers and writing exercises.

I’m stretching my brain  to work out how I can make this simple idea work for non-writers – perhaps for my father, I could fill a chest full of bad puns. My aunt…I could give her a treasure chest full of motivational sayings but the rest… I’m lost.

Sigh.  Guess I better go shopping.

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