Every year as Thanksgiving dinner is ending, someone inevitably asks “So, what are we doing for Christmas?

I have two complaints. First, can’t we all just relax and enjoy a meal anymore? Why is everyone always looking to the next event, holiday, or get together? I guess some of it is unavoidable, but I feel like we’ve all forgotten how to live in the moment and enjoy our time with family and friends.

My second complaint is with gift giving. I just don’t get it. I would never want to take anything away from kids and the fun of Christmas. Nothing beats the anticipation of waiting for Santa Claus to come down the chimney in hopes that you’ll be left with some presents from your well thought out list of “must haves or I’m going to die!” But, now that I’m an adult and have been working, I find it totally frivolous and unnecessary to have my mother buying me socks with candy canes on them. If it strikes me that I need something, I can now afford to buy it for myself and actually take some pride in being able to do so. Each year as the holiday season approaches, we decide that this will be the year that we no longer exchange gifts. However, Christmas Eve always ends with me taking home a bag of things I put on the floor in my closet until it strikes me to clean it out three years later and throw everything away. My family just doesn’t seem to think that eating a great meal, drinking, laughing and playing games is celebration enough. Oh well, maybe 2009 will be the year.

So, what are we all doing for New Year’s?


Mayra Camara