Hello Kitty © by SomeDriftwood
A single-mom blogger who goes by “Mutant Supermodel” is stressing over the holiday. She’d saved to buy gifts, but when her husband quit paying child support she had to spend every dime to keep herself and her three kids afloat.
It isn’t that MS fears there will be no Christmas. It’s that she fears she won’t be the one giving it.
“My kids are blessed with a large, loving extended family who will surely shower them with gifts the way they do at every special occasion,” she writes in a post called “$tre$$.”
“I know they don’t need or even want more stuff but I want to give it to them.”
Yet she doesn’t want to become part of the “relentless consumerism that so deeply affects this country.” Her compromise: Make some of her gifts, and limit the children’s Santa lists to that old favorite, “something I want, something I need, something to wear, something to read.”
“I think it’s better this way than a free for all,” MS concluded.
Me too – and I say that as someone who’s feeling the same contradictory clash of emotions.