I read something this week that I really struggle to get my head around. Apparently, a millionaire footballer was seen going into a Pound Shop to buy festive 'treats'; not sure if that meant gifts or just items for his own use, but the media source of this information has construed it to mean gifts.
There are so many things wrong with this report it beggars belief. In my opinion, at any rate.
Is it anyone else's business where we buy our festive 'treats' from? Is it right that a discussion should be started in order to determine why this millionaire was in a Pound Shop in the first place? And, most importantly, isn't it the thought that counts when buying someone a gift?
I really wonder about society these days. People seem obsessed with the expense of everything - I'm always moaning about things being expensive myself but I'd like to think I wasn't shallow-minded enough to question why a well-off friend or family member bought me a gift from a cheap shop.
Of course, we all know how much the media hype things up and get us all hot under the collar, but seriously, isn't this millionaire footballer entitled to buy what the hell he likes? I am actually astounded that this has even been a subject for discussion. Don't the Royal Family buy little nik-naks for each other as a token gesture, mainly because none of them really 'need' anything, and the things they do need they can get their hands on any time of the year...? Maybe this millionaire chap was doing the same.
If someone gave me a gift at Christmas that had obviously cost very little, they would get the same treatment as someone who'd given me a gift that cost a lot; i.e. a thank you letter, a huge smile and a grateful acknowledgement that someone had thought me worthy enough to spend money on. And besides, we have good friends who give us a homemade gift some years - usually a knitted hat. It shows thought and consideration.
So let's put this into perspective shall we... Giving a gift to someone is a wonderful gesture. The fact it was from the Pound Shop or Harrods matters not. If you're more bothered about how much your gift cost, then perhaps you should cancel Christmas.
p.s. as it's my Birthday today, I shall expect your gifts wrapped and on my doorstep by midday. (wink)