One of the reasons Martin states that stress at Christmas time is becoming an issue is due to the fact that we have become disconnected to the reasons in which we give gifts at Christmas time and goes onto say how we now feel obliged to give back gifts at a similar value which results in ‘tit for tat’ giving. Actually sometimes the best gift is releasing others from the obligation of having to give a gift to you. The idea of giving at Christmas is still as important and he isn’t talking about banning gifts for your family, children and whoever else there may be, but for this ever expanding list that we feel forced to buy for. He stresses ideas such as a secret santa capped at a price at £10 or so, or actually agreeing that you aren’t going to give that extended list gifts, you are going to give to charity instead and just send out cards, which is an as equally lovely act.
Christmas has become a retail festival, and it shouldn’t be. Christmas should be joyous but causes some people unhappiness, debt and worry. Many people feel obliged to buy gifts for others that they know they won’t use, with money they don’t have and cause themselves stress they don’t need.Martin Lewis.
If anyone knows me, they know I’m a big lover of Christmas. It’s such a wonderful time of year, however after watching Martin Lewis’ money show Christmas special the other night (I promise I do have a life haha) it left me thinking about the commercial side of Christmas. In a segment in the show which went viral, he talks about the topic of unnecessary christmas gifts (the video is on Youtube if you fancy having a watch) and how actually Christmas can be a stressful time for people. I thought I would do a bit of a different, short blog post to discuss and share this message he was trying to get across which I feel is so important.
You may feel embarrassed to raise it but most people feel the same way. Less pressure, less cost, less debt, and hopefully more joy.
Do you think it’s time to ban unnecessary Christmas gifts? I’d love to know your thoughts!