Christmas used to be my pivotal Holiday of the year. I used to look forward to it like nothing else. I used to spend hours putting up lights and getting stuff set up. I still know what the true meaning of Christmas is (according to my beliefs), but I find myself almost bittered at the media hype of it all. Gifts are good and all, but I see so many people spending so much money on utterly useless stuff. Of course I understand the concept of "It's the thought that counts". I know so many people that will just about get killed if they dare think about investing a dollar into a vehicle when $500 gets spent on trinkets and candy. Still, I find myself telling people in a monotone voice "Don't buy anything for me or else." I don't mind giving useful gifts, but I'm bad at shopping for what people can use or want, and its so much simpler for me to say "Dont buy me anything and I wont buy you anything". Logical, cause everything remains fair, but rather Scrooge-ish. What happened to me? Has logic replaced my holiday spirit? I know it'll change when I get married and have kids. Though my wife will probably divorce after our first Christmas... Me: "Honey, I'm buying you a K30 for Christmas" Her: "WHAT!!!?" Me: "But it's got a big block and a Dana 60! And I'm getting the kids a couple parts rigs." Her hand: "-Slap-" Me: "What was that for? They'll even fit under the tree... well the tree in the side yard, cause thats the only place left to park them all" Her fist against my face: "-Crunch-"