…especially when you’re trying to conserve your funds for a big move like I am!

I was really, REALLY not planning on spending money this year on anybody for Christmas.  Not because I don’t love them or anything – it’s just:

  • Christmas feels more and more commercialised to me every year, to the point where finding the gift is more important than the meaning behind it; and
  • Moving to California means having to conserve as much money as I can

Right now – as in, at this very moment – I have just enough for a deposit on my new place, plus two months rent.  The last thing I want to do, then, is spend money I may need to survive while getting settled in California, especially since its such an expensive place to live (or so I’ve been told).

However, everyone kept asking me what I wanted for Christmas.  You would think this is a good thing, right? WRONG! 

I have found that the only reason people ask you what you want for Christmas… is so that you will then turn around and ask them what THEY want for Christmas.  It would be nice if I could say to someone, “Hey, I love you, but I can’t afford to get you a gift right now ’cause I’m about to move,” and they could turn to you and say, “That’s okay – I’ll still get you something, and won’t expect anything in return.”

But, of course, this isn’t the way things work.  The way things work is, if someone is going out of their way to get me something, it’s an unwritten rule that I must get them something as well.

This year, I kept the gift-buying to immediate family – mom, brother, brother’s fiance – and it STILL cost me a good bit of money.  How much? Eh, not important – just know, it was more than I had planned to spend, especially since, again, I’m MOVING in two weeks!

I don’t feel too bad about it, though.  Both my Mom and my bro helped me out financially when I moved here to D.C., with way more money than I spent on their gifts.  So, even though I’m not paying them back those monies (since they did it out of the goodness of their heart), I figure, at the very least, I can buy them gifts costing a fraction of what they gave me.  Plus, they’ve both always encouraged me to follow my dreams and make it, which I am doing, and their support means all the world to me.

But for everybody else – they ain’t gettin’ nothing! Hopefully, though, they’re not getting me anything either…

…but if they are, I could certainly use some Cinnabon coupons, and a copy of the “Sex and the City” movie on DVD 🙂

-A.P.T.

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