I'm not a hoopla Christmas person.  I hate that Christmas is rammed down your throat from like July onward and I hate the necessity of the perfect gift.

I often don't have the money to get the perfect gifts and not being a crafty person, lack the talent needed to make them.

I enjoy the get togethers and such; and if Christmas could just be about that, I'd be fine.  But it's never is.

It's about the gifts.

Now...I've really cut my gift giving back; and the people I do buy don't get some extravagant gift.  Normally something useful that they will use and not overly expensive.

As for me, I don't expect much and thus I'm never disappointed. Even if you're not a religious person, I still think Christmas should be more than just gift giving.  I just don't get it.

I haven't put up a tree in my house the past two Christmas's.  Too much work for a holiday I stopped enjoying long ago.

Yes, call me Scrooge....but I think The Grinch got it right:

And the Grinch, with his grinch-feet ice-cold in the snow,
Stood puzzling and puzzling: "How could it be so?

It came without ribbons! It came without tags!

"It came without packages, boxes or bags!"

And he puzzled three hours, `till his puzzler was sore.

Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before!

"Maybe Christmas," he thought, "doesn't come from a store.

"Maybe Christmas...perhaps...means a little bit more!"

Too bad that not everyone can see that.