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Giving or Getting - Which Is More Important?

For most of us growing up, the Christmas holiday meant one thing - you got "stuff". More importantly, you got stuff that you asked for/wanted. Ever since our childhood memories, most of us have solely focused on getting "stuff" for Christmas as being the most important thing. We'd empty out our stocking...but still want a gift. We'd open up our first gift...but still desire more (and more) until there simply were no more to open. In essence, the Christmas holiday has become a mislabeled and selfish holiday that most people have made all about themselves. All they care about is getting stuff, stuff they asked for.

On the flip side, we should be focusing on the greatest gift GIVEN to us ever - the birth of Jesus Christ. Without His birth, no Christmas holiday would exist. No Christmas lights or trees, no Christmas parties or gatherings, no presents or parades...nothing. Christmas solely exists because of Jesus' arrival. However, we are too selfish and worried with finding new ways to take 'CHRIST' out of CHRISTmas.

We should be giving attention to serving others and giving to others during this season instead of all the personal junk falsely associated with Christmas. We should be tending to the homeless, the less fortunate...the children of the poor...and just others in general. We should be serving our communities instead of buying 101 gifts to ensure you receive 101 gifts in return.

While new mods for our cars are great, Wii's and PS3s are cool to play with, tons of clothes are nice to show off - is $100+ in presents really and truly necessary for each other? It is hard for me to fathom families that spend $200+ per child just because "they asked for it". At some point as parents and relatives, we need to draw the line and say...enough is enough. Afterall, getting "stuff" is not what Christmas is supposed to be focused on - right?

I apologize for the soapbox 'moment' and know this does not apply to every and all people, but I've gotten "ill" watching how much $$ people spend on each other during this holiday while millions go out with the necessities of life (food, water, clothing, etc. etc.).

Please ignore this post if your just going to have something negative to reply with. As, my intentions were not to degrade or make anyone upset Just a friendly 'reminder' for this week as we celebrate our festivities.

Also, let us NOT make this a 'religion' thread and debate whether or not you believe in a God/Higher Power as we already have several threads devoted to those topics.

I just felt like a few people needed to hear what I had to say... Thanks for your time everyone.

Merry Christmas and have a blessed Christmas season and joyful new year in 2008.


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Re: Giving or Getting - Which Is More Important?

im to poor to buy anything, people better give me some cool ass shit. being in college drains the funds man


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sorry i didnt the life story above me but i like receiving brain. its petty nice
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Re: Giving or Getting - Which Is More Important?

i bought a lot of stuff for people this year, but i dont really expect anything in return. its just really an added bonus if they do happen to get me something. and being a college student really DOES drain the funds =/ i agree though, many people miss the whole point of christmas, the birth of jesus christ. but people nowadays celebrate christmas regardless of their religion so you cant really blame them for not knowing what it is.
and although i wish i could help the millions without necessities, the children working in sweatshops, etc. if you tried to help every single one of them out, youd go broke. and if you stress about all of their problems, youd go crazy. iono if this post made sense lol but w/e. merry christmas and happy holidays!



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Re: Giving or Getting - Which Is More Important?

I was a college student a few years ago, I do agree that $$ is tight. I always did enjoy when people gave me cool stuff to help me out in college.

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I do agree it is nice to receive; however, I always feel better giving in the end. It is nice to see someone happy / satisfied with something you give or do for them.

@arawatbituin - Thanks for the insight. Merry Christmas.


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Giving. I have always been the one that will sit back and watch others open their gifts. I feel so good doing that.

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When I was younger I liked to get a lot of stuff. But as I get older I get more out of giving than getting.


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Re: Giving or Getting - Which Is More Important?

I really hate Christmas. It's become little more to me than just a major PITA. The last few years I have made a habit of spoiling a few people in my life that are very important to me, but only because Christmas is a good excuse to do it. This year Christmas for both my families will be "small", doesn't really matter to me, I also will not be able to afford to get people something on par with what I have done in the past either. It is nice to see family but my schedule from the 24th to the 26th is just retarded. Id rather my family celebrate Hanukkah so I could drag this shit out a little bit longer.

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It's great to see a sign of true appreciation for your involvement in someone else's life. When it comes to that I really enjoy giving.

When it comes to head... getting is better. I'm pretty sure.

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Re: Giving or Getting - Which Is More Important?

Getting. People suck me dry the rest of the year, so this is my one-time to be a greedy American.


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