I'm always kind of torn. On one hand, I love winter, the twinkling lights, the baking of yummy goodies, the fires, and hot buttered rum. I love spending time with my family and friends, I love giving gifts, and watching people open gifts... I will even admit that I love to receive gifts as well.
I hate the crowds, the commercials (and commercialism), the songs played ad nauseum, the stress (admittedly, self-imposed) of finding 'just the right gift,' the hurry up and go-go-go, shop-shop-shop, spend-spend-spend, of the season just makes me want to start slap-slap-slapping people.
People in general become even more self-centered and rude this time of year, as if there aren't tens of thousands of other people trying to do the exact same shopping they are doing. Everyone seems to be so tired and cranky, and so insanely self-centered. Can you explain to me how people can be so self-absorbed when they are out shopping for gifts for other people?
Seriously, if you are in a store buying a gift for me, and you are being an asshole, and you are cranky and tired and pissed off... PLEASE, I beg of you, put the gift down, go home, have some egg nog and spend some time enjoying your family and/or friends. That would be the greatest gift you could give me. I don't want a bottle of wine splattered with your gooey grumpyness, and the grumpyness of the 25 people that had to stand near you in line. I want a bottle of wine that is covered in love and smiles.