Christmas shopping season has officially begun and in between commercials for deeply discounted sales and bad remakes of Donny Hathaway’s “This Christmas,” I’m just not feeling the spirit.

When I was younger, Christmas was magical. I looked forward to it all year long and my brother and I would wake up at the crack of dawn, wake up our parents, and tear into our presents. After my parents divorced when I was a teen, and I began to get older, Christmas lost its appeal. Don’t get me wrong, I love sharing the holiday with my family (and my parents have become very good friends), but the whole gift-giving thing? I could do without it.

This year, I’ll be headed to the UK a week before Christmas and I plan on spending whatever extra money I have enjoying my time in London. It’s the best gift anyone–including myself–could ever give, so I don’t need anything else. But I also won’t be breaking the bank and going into debt for others.

While I love the thought behind gift-giving, Christmas has gotten way too commercial. It’s no longer about getting something really special for those you love, but about gifting the latest, greatest gadget to keep up with the Joneses.

This year, I won’t be giving gifts to others (except my son and perhaps my grandmother) for a few reasons: 1) They don’t need yet another calendar, 2) I can’t afford the really nice stuff, and most importantly, 3) everyone else is grown and has a job.

I’ve already told my parents that they don’t need to worry about getting me anything this year. I’m already living my dream.

Are you giving gifts this year? Why or why not?

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