Ilove Christmas time just like every other person. The beautiful snow (when I'm inside), the watching movies on the couch with family, or beating them at Mario kart but one thing I've noticed lately is the severe case of the Mines and its not just for children.
I made the mistake of going black Friday shopping at Menards. While the store was packed everyone there was very helpful and able to point out where everything was. We had people in line while others were running around having the stuff they wanted ( mostly brilliant idea actually), but the thing that disturbed me was the Mines.
I remember being younger and going through this phase. I found a toy on tv or the Sears Christmas catalog and highlighted page after page with thoughts of toys in my head. I'm very thankful I outgrew that and my parents worked hard to give me a level head about stuff. (No a cow is not a pet you can keep in the house. We live on base with no yard you can't have a saint Bernard it won't be fair to him.) I'm glad to say I got practical with my gifts (how much space does it take. Is it alive? Would I really play with it since my brother won't have one?) Simple things like that helped shape my decisions today. Where has that gone?
While shopping at Menards I seen grown men (and women) with the Mines. They were not all getting gifts for the children or even family members but for them selves. I will admit I've seen great things I would have liked but with no room and no practicality why would I buy it. Yes a table saw is great at that price but you've never used one before in your life (true story a woman told the man next to us in line). Just because it's a great price doesn't mean you buy it. How often would you use it?
The man ended up buying it and apparently they had to take some stuff out of the cart as it would have put them over budget. The things that got taken out....child toys for a boy and girl.
When did Christmas turn into I want it so I bought it? What happened to homemade gifts or practical things? I will admit last year I got my mom some jewelry. Not alot mind you but that was because my brothers and I chipped in and paid for her car to get fixed. Something we knew she needed and couldn't afford at the time.
What happened to things like that? I know people say time but I work 68 hours a week, spend time with my family and still making my son a Christmas blanket. So to me that's not an excuse. I guess I just don't understand it so while people are buying there own Christmas gifts. I think I'll just sit here watching a movie with my husband while trying to finish his blanket.
You can take your Mines this Christmas and shove it. It won't be found here.