Yeah, so this is Christmas.
And where there's Christmas, there's namamasko.
I know it's been said that Christmas has become commercialized. Well, color me red and call me Rudolph's nose.
I'm not here to discuss how Santa has upstaged Jesus in this year-end celebration. Nor how Christmas has become less a religious holiday celebrating the birth of the Christian savior, and more of a secular bacchanal: an excuse for merriment and gift-giving.
And before we speak of gifts and the merriment they bring, watch the video below:
Coming off from the video's basic premise, I ask you now: can money - and the material goods it can bring - spread happiness, then?
On one of the message boards I frequent, I got called an asshole for posting that the reason I never gave my multi-millionaire business colleague/frenemy anything for the holidays - ever - is because I came up with my First Equation of Holiday Gift-Giving, as follows:
What do you give the man who has everything?
Give him the one thing he doesn't have.
Which is: nothing.
The berater's point was that gift-giving was not a matter of things; rather, it was the thought behind those things.
I countered with my Second Equation of Holiday Gift-Giving:
They say it's the thought that counts.
So I thought of giving you a present.
That's what counts, right?
Of course, things quickly went south from there, but my innate orneriness aside, the social chastisement I got gave me room for pause.
Am I really a Scrooge?
But no, said the Gollum to my Smeagol. We's helps so many peoples every year, precious. We's gives them loans they never pay back, yesss. They's always asssksss uss for help, precious, allllwaysssss usssss. And they always says the same things, always the same problems, even if it isn't Christmas, all-year round they askssss, precious, they asksss and askssss and askkksssss ussssss.
So what really counts? I give even if it's against my good will. Is that worse than not giving at all?
I also don't like to think I'm Smaug hoarding gold, but I've definitely put the kibosh on the many subtle and not-so-subtle requests for Yuletide "assistance" thus far.
Maybe I am a Scrooge.
Or just bah, humbugging.
Happy holigays, anyway.