To GIVE OR NOT TO GIVE?
With Christmas fast approaching, buying Christmas gifts might be high on people's agenda. And how is it for you?
What is your attitude towards buying presents?
How do you react to "bad" Christmas gifts?
Do you follow the tradition of exchanging gifts at your home or maybe you have adopted a new approach?
Please let me know in the comments below.
*the best comment will be awarded with a special gift - a grammar book -Grama to nie drama by Arlena Witt.
I am waiting for your comments till 22nd December 2018. Available only to the Polish learners as the book is partly in Polish :(
If you haven't seen this before, I highly recommend giving it a go. In this short tutorial Benedict Cumberbatch teaches you how to react to bad Xmas gifts. I admit, I find the video not only entertaining but also educational. 😃
15/12/2018 10:24:06 am
I love giving gifts and always prepares them much earlier. I often do something myself - but only for close friends or family. I do not like giving or getting presents because I have to. Gifts should be an expression of our care and memory and not a chore.
15/12/2018 10:50:01 am
I always thank you for the presents, but sometimes, or even often, or give those that I do not like to others or throw away. It is better, in my opinion, to ask what would be useful to someone than to buy a gift for anyone you do not need. I like to get books and I often give books. And grandma, I'm buying winter tea - the best one.
27/12/2018 03:47:06 pm
Pati, thank you for your comment!
17/12/2018 10:25:24 am
The idea of giving Christmas gifts is wonderful. Unfortunately, it's very difficult to find a perfect gift. I try to buy useful things like honey, a bottle of local wine, good quality olive oil or voucher for a massage. I'm a fan of minimalism, so "bad" gifts are a big problem for me. When I receive something I don't like I always try to find a new home for it - we should take care of our environment. Actually, with my husband's family, we have a new tradition and we buy gifts only for kids. This is brilliant!
19/12/2018 09:26:02 am
Giving and receiving is great when we both want this. There is nothing more arduous than buying a present for somebody just because you need to. For me this is not true sharing and I don't like it. In my family, we make arrangements who buys for whom. When I visit my distant family, I bring only small gifts like good tea or coffee or box of chocolates.
19/12/2018 03:33:37 pm
Hmm, mayby this is untypical but I don’t like giving and geting christmas gifts. I quess that many people have a problem with buying, spending time in the store, thinking what they should buy.
21/12/2018 10:13:00 pm
I absolutely abhor exchanging things. That's why I always give some kind of experience - be it a ticket to a theatre, a trip or a cooking classes. I strongly believe that our houses are already cluttered enough and nobody needs to add more misery to this state especially during Christmas. When people ask me what I wish to receive I tell them to take me somewhere – give me your time, take me for a walk, for lunch, let’s play squash together. I used to go through the ordeal of reacting to bad presents but now the people who are the closest to me know and respect my Christmas gift choices.
27/12/2018 03:46:11 pm
Great comment Tony- I like your approach a great deal. Since you're not for things, I have another treat for you. Check your email for a message from me.
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