Something I grapple with every year at Christmas is how much I should be spending on my kids' gifts, and how much is too much. They're not spoiled by any means. Their parents are a writer and a cop, after all. But they don't want for much. Recently, I've been seeing stories pop up all over about celebrities completely eschewing Christmas gifts entirely, and I wonder if they're not onto something. The reason why some celebrities are skipping Christmas presents this year might make you question the contents of your Amazon cart as well.
The truth is that many of our children have more stuff than they'll ever need. And every season, the year's "hot gifts" become more elaborate and expensive than before. Game systems, gigantic doll houses that light up and talk to you, ride-on stuffed ponies, and motorized mini Cadillacs are all popular gifts this year. And here's the thing: Many of them will be forgotten or ignored before the next Christmas season, when we inevitably shell out even more cash for even bigger gifts. It feels like it takes away something essential away from the holiday. Like charity and gratitude are somehow less important than having the underside of your tree resemble Target's toy section. But now, with celebrities like these coming forward saying "Yeah, no thanks," maybe we can all re-examine what the holiday is really about.