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Some people are postponing giving gifts on Christmas Day and buying them on sale after the holiday to save money. Would you do that?

Response Percent Votes
45% 280
42% 258
I don’t buy Christmas presents
12% 74
Total 612


pace 6 years, 5 months ago

It is with careful calculation that I can give both gifts and charity in the same month. Right now I am saving some on groceries, which isn't hard, to give a turkey for the community Christmas dinner.

jhawkinsf 6 years, 5 months ago

Gifts are for kids, in my opinion. I'm not sure they would appreciate waiting for a sale to get their presents.

pace 6 years, 5 months ago

I prefer to see more cheapskates in this world and less personal debt.

tir 6 years, 5 months ago

I knew a family that gave each other small gifts at Christmas, and then shopped the post-Christmas sales for bargains on the things they wanted most. This was just within their immediate household, and by mutual agreement. They enjoyed doing things this way, and I think it was a smart idea.

Alexander Smith 6 years, 5 months ago

Lets look at it this way, for those ding dongs waiting till after Christmas to save a few more dollars on a gift that should of been given on Christmas... lets see how much money have these people blown on eating out, buying beer, buying cigs, wasting gas to go somewhere they didn't need to go, buying a daily coffee from starbucks. Come on!!!. All that money could of been set aside. The people that are doing the perfect example of how greedy and selfish America has become. We care more about ourselves and havnig the "I" wants and not giving to others.

Next time your at a store that has a Salvation Army Bell ringer, don't go in right away.. just watch how many people drop money in the bucket and how many walk past with TVs, 4 dollar coffees, 100s of dollars and STUFF that is for themselves yet they can't spare 25 cents.

Its Christmas! Time for giving.. not greed and selfishness. Oh wait..were in America, individual happiness comes before others.

Now I can see it if the family is financially strapped that I can understand to a point. The rest of us is unacceptable.

Joe Blackford II 6 years, 5 months ago

The Point of getting together with family & friends on 25 December is to exchange the strain of flu you received at Thanksgiving for a more virulent variety to take back to work after New Year's Day.

2018 = the year Manhattan's NBAF releases a markedly pathogenic zoonotic disease down the Kaw to Lawrence, as the means to bring an end to the Sunflower Showdown.

(The NBAF's excess stormwater runoff will be piped to the Big Blue River North of its confluence with the Kaw.)

tolawdjk 6 years, 5 months ago

In the year's before "the internet", shopping in western kansas consisted of pointing out to grandma what was wanted in the JCPenny Christmas catalog.

Well, one fine winter, the flu, a blizzard, and an overwhelmed shipping system conspired to reduce Christmas down to a few cards and a small gift from the Ben Franklin on main street. However, in those cards was the cash that grandma had allocated to each grandkid with the disclaimer that we could go back and get what we wanted.

And a tradition was born. No one ever had to stand in line to return dead presidents. No one ever had to smile and bite back "Oh, Aunt Ruth gave me four pictures of Lincoln yesterday!". There were never any fights because my brother got a picture of Grant but I got two Jacksons and ten Washingtons.

Dead Presidents are the perfect holiday gift. When you care enough to get someone something they can always use and always want, dead presidents are never wrong.

Richard Heckler 6 years, 5 months ago

Christmas does not need to be focused on gifts necessarily. Who knows maybe some day all of us will say to heck with gifts on christmas and start giving gifts when we damn well feel like it.

As for Christmas just start getting together with friends,neighbors and relatives and party down aka CELEBRATE CELEBRATE CELEBRATE another day of living.

This time of year can get depressing for those who have not the cash to spend "like everyone else" so let's think about doing away with buying gifts only because it's Christmas. Retailers and their advertisements have made a mockery of Christmas which puts pressure on too damn many.

If some would still want to keep Christmas as a time to buy gifts so be it otherwise start giving gifts when we damn well feel like it. When retailers start pushing Christmas long before Thanksgiving something tells me we've lost it and we're all being used to pad golden parachutes for the CEO's.

Richard Heckler 6 years, 5 months ago

Well, it's that time of year when Fox drums up outrage about the alleged "war on Christmas." This time around they are declaring victory because as they report,

"Walgreens is the latest store to return to explicit references to Christmas, switching its position a day after some Christian groups threatened to boycott over its generic holiday wording."

What I'd like to remind these "Christian groups" is that Christmas isn't actually supposed to be about shopping at all. We Christians don't need to fight to have Christmas associated with shopping, we need to fight for it not to be. You're fighting the wrong war guys.

So let's take a moment to remember what Christmas is really about: Christmas celebrates the story of God coming among us in the most humble of circumstances. Christ was born in a manger to a homeless teenage girl named Mary. These humble beginnings are in keeping with the ministry of Jesus which was focused on the poor, the sick, and the outcast. Jesus teaches us that the way we treat "the least of these" is how we treat him. It's a story about God coming among us, meeting us in the middle of our need.

With that backdrop in mind, let's also remember who the real Santa Claus was. Yes, Virginia, there really was a Santa Claus, but he didn't live on the North Pole, he lived in Asia Minor. Saint Nicholas was known for his love for children, and his generosity to the those in need, often given in secret.

For example, one story tells of a poor father who was unable to provide a dowry for his daughters. At the time that meant that they could not marry, and so were destined to be sold into slavery. As legend has it, Nicholas secretly placed bags of gold in the girl's shoes and stockings, hung by the fire to dry. So those Christmas stockings you hang by the chimney are symbols of liberating the poor from the bondage of slavery.

The moral of all this is that the original Christmas story and the story of Saint Nick are both focused on caring for the least and on compassion. So what if we remembered that this Christmas, and spent a little less money shopping for all those gifts we don't really need. Then instead of standing in line at the mall or stuck in traffic, we could spent more time with people we love.

And what if we took all that money we saved, and gave some of it away to people who are really in need? To the poor, the hungry, the hurting, the lonely, the sick? That's what the folks at Advent Conspiracy are asking.

So maybe the way we really should be celebrating Christmas is by caring for the least, rather than shopping til we drop. Maybe we should be teaching our kids lessons about compassion and giving, instead of about getting more and more stuff.

And... just maybe... Christmas should be about showing "peace on earth and good will towards all mankind," rather than on getting mad at people who say "happy holidays" to us.

GUMnNUTS 6 years, 5 months ago

Does that mean you are waiting for a after Obama gun sale?

pace 6 years, 5 months ago

I want a snub nosed 38. I have always wanted one. I know there are better guns but it sure fits the hand nice.

Cindy Wallace 6 years, 5 months ago

Why not? That way we could get back to the real meaning of Christmas! Celebrate with family and friends, attend church, have a wonderful Cristmas Dinner, sing Christmas Carol's, etc.
I think New Year's would be a wonderful time to give gifts if you are so inclined.

verity 6 years, 5 months ago

Thank you, Merrill.

I agree with those who said gifts are for children. I'm finding that at my age, I and many relatives/friends don't want more to clutter up our houses---we're trying to get rid of stuff, especially those who have had to deal with cleaning out a parents or other relatives house and don't want someone to have to do that for them.

I like to bring a gift when I stay with out-of-state friends and was complaining that I had a hard time finding anything they liked (most gifts would have disappeared by the next time I went). She told me that the best thing I could do would be to take something away with me and that my friendship was the best gift I could give.

It also seems that the real spirit of Christmas would be to take the money we would spend on gifts for those who don't really need/want anything and use it for people who really need food, clothes, etc. or to give a gift certificate promising to do something for someone who wouldn't be able to do it for themselves.

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