Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Stuff

As I read this article, I wondered if this woman will ever see the error in these words. She is giving up designer jeans to buy her daughter a bunch of presents for Christmas.
“I want her to be able to look back,” Ms. Hunt declared, “and say, Even though they were tough times, my mom was still able to give me stuff.”
Really? You want her to look back and say, "my mom was able to give me STUFF?"

I don't know where to begin - but that is really sad. How about hoping your kids will say, "Even though they were tough times, my mom was still able to give me LOVE."

4 comments:

KATIE said...

Come on, Allison, stuff is way more important than like quality time or values.

:)

Tiffani said...

It's so crazy isn't it? A friend of mine actually truly believes it is more important how much money you spend on the gifts then what the gifts are. And everything has to be name brand desginer.
My idea of sacraficing this year is obviusly not the same. lol. y, my kids are telling thier friends this year that Santa has so many kids to buy for that he is broke so they can't wish for anything expensive. lol.

Steph said...

I might be the dissenting opinion on this one...
The way I read the article was that mothers are sacrificing things they want to get their children gifts for Christmas. I think that is wonderful!
I think the quote in the article about "stuff" was poorly stated, but I would interpret what she meant was that she wanted her daughter to look back and realize although times were hard, her parents would give up things for her so she would still have a great Christmas. Someone buying their children toys for Christmas doesn't necessarily mean they don't get the love part too.
I do agree some parents go overboard buying TOO much stuff, or only designer things, but in this article, I just saw a good mom trying to make her daughter's Christmas a happy one.

Allison said...

I welcome dissenting opinions. :) But I did realize I shouldn't just post an article without explaining my feelings.

I get the principle of sacrifice - growing up we never had much money. My Dad always sacrificed to buy us gifts at Christmastime - every year of my life. I think that is wonderful too, and I love him for it.

But what my Dad taught me was that I didn't need the hottest toy at Christmas. When we were kids it was Cabbage Patch dolls for a while. I never got a Cabbage Patch doll until I won one in a drawing at girl scouts. And that was the only Cabbage Patch doll I ever had. I can't think of one Christmas where I got the toy that you had to wait in line for. And I just don't think someone else's Christmases were any better than mine because they always got that toy.

If you have the money, great. But to me it seemed like this woman didn't really have the money - so why not scale down just a bit and get her daughter a few items that she will love, but not necessarily everything on her list.