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WAT!? Wat are Christmas?

Let me begin by saying; this is a rant. Please don't feel obligated to read and reply, especially since I haven't posted anything on lj in a long time.

Okay so my place of employment is doing secret Santa, which up until this year I absolutely loved participating in.
The rules are; 4 small gifts for no more than $1.00 each. One "big" gift to be exchanged at the Christmas party, costing no more than $10.00.
I went out and bought 4 small gifts. A plastic Christmas container with chocolate coins inside. A candle. A soda of my recipients favorite kind. A small bag of Roche chocolates.

Now I'm hearing things like "I don't know who has Jackie, but they suck." And "do you see how cheap these gifts are?" And so on along the same lines.
Okay yes, my Santa is going above and beyond anything I would expect, but I didn't ask her to. I followed the rules, not only because money is a little(a lot) tight, but because they're the rules!

So here I am now, feeling like a cheapskate, tightwad, low life loser of all time secret Santa losers! I feel horrible! Like shit, and I keep hearing how awful Jackie's secret Santa is. And it's me!
Today, someone even said in front of me "who has Jackie? Because I hear she's terrible."

Christmas is one of my favorite holidays (even if it is in the middle of winter!) and I participate in secret Santa every year, not because I want to get awesome gifts, but because I like giving things to people.
Well, this will be my last year for secret santa. I've lost the stomach for it, because now days it seems to be more about the price of the gifts you receive rather than the mystery of who your Santa is.
I'm very sad and a little heart broken right now.
So yes, I had a little money in the bank and I stopped on my lunch break today and bought a little something to add to my last days small gift and something to add to my big gift as well. Because I felt bad!
I won't be joining in on the Christmas party either. I hadn't made up my mind about going or not anyway, but this just tipped the scale for me. Let them have their time to make fun of me for the shit gifts I gave, I don't care about having staff fun times with these freaks anyway.
Fuck you coworkers and the money train you all apparently rode in on.

Merry Christmas!


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Dec. 16th, 2013 08:58 pm (UTC)
These fuckers have no idea how lucky they are that this Christmas party isn't a plus one thing. We'd go, I'd gift wrap some dog shit and give it to all of them with a little card that said "because coal is too good for the likes of you, you greedy, low life, prima donna moneygrubbers. I hope you die in a chemical fire. Happy fucking Christmas, it's the most wonderful time of the year to make others feel like shit, so why don't you eat some of your own medicine?"

Let's get drunk that night instead. Love you darlin.
Dec. 17th, 2013 01:44 pm (UTC)
Aww! You're super sweet!
The looks on their faces would be priceless! It'd be hilarious!
But yeah, getting drunk that night sounds like a better plan!
Dec. 16th, 2013 09:08 pm (UTC)
I hear you. It seems like it's more about the cost of the gift than the thought behind it these days. I grew up poor and was raised to appreciate the thought behind the gift. The hubby and I have spent a lot of lean years where we had to get creative about giving each other gifts. We didn't mind getting a gift that came from the thrift store or a used book store because it was a cool gift or book. I still cherish the memory of the hubby going to the local shonky shop and buying my old, faded stacking dolls. When he told them it was my birthday gift, they wrapped it in a nice handkerchief and tied it with a piece of embroidery thread. Still have the dolls, and the handkerchief. Unfortunately, certain members of his family think that you have to spend a lot of money to show someone you care.

So yeah, definitely fuck 'em. Instead of spending time with those people, spend the time with people that you actually want to spend time with and who don't care if you spend a lot of money on them.
Dec. 17th, 2013 01:49 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the support :)
I'm not above a thrift store gift either. My mom has gotten me things from goodwill or another such place and those were some of my favorites.
It's the fact that this person thought of you when they saw a thing and thought you know, I bet she'd really like this thing.

Yeah, it's supposed to be the thought that counts, and with decent people, it is.
Dec. 17th, 2013 06:30 pm (UTC)
We used to do a similar secret Santa thing at the nursery school I used to work at. I got a can of Coke and a mango from the person who had me. Not because she was cheap, but because I drank Coke and I love mangoes. So the problem isn't that you can't afford "better" things or that you're following the rules. The problem is you work with a bunch of douches. (Would the feminine be douchettes?) You're following the spirit of the exercise. They're just showing off. Hugs.
Dec. 16th, 2013 09:46 pm (UTC)
Awww.... sweetie...

{{hugs you}}
Dec. 17th, 2013 01:50 pm (UTC)
Thanks! *hugs back*
Dec. 17th, 2013 01:57 pm (UTC)
In spite of the circumstances, glad to see you again! Don't be such a stranger!
Dec. 17th, 2013 02:08 pm (UTC)
Lol, I know right! I haven't written anything in a long ass time! I've got so many ideas... What I'm lacking is time to actually write them >_<
But it sure does feel good to be back! :-)
Dec. 16th, 2013 11:31 pm (UTC)
Do...do these people not understand the entire concept of Christmas??? And how rude to talk about one of the participants when they don't know if they'll be listening. Ugh, I don't blame you for skipping the party. *hugs*
Dec. 17th, 2013 01:54 pm (UTC)
*hugs back*
No, I don't think that understand the meaning of Christmas.
I was hurt, and I still feel a little bad, not because my gifts suck, but because my recipient has gotten so much less than everyone else. But the comments I've gotten in response to this post have given me hope that maybe there are a few good people out there, strewn all over the globe as to not make the rest of humanity feel like a puddle of poop because they are so inadequate.
Thanks for the comment babe!
Dec. 17th, 2013 02:57 am (UTC)

That's how some people are these days. I like padfootthegrim's Idea. Send them crap for a gift!
Dec. 17th, 2013 01:56 pm (UTC)
Lmao! Yeah, that was an awesome comment! It'd be great to see tier faces when they unwrapped a stinky pile of gross dog poo! Hahaha... Too bad I can't actually do that though :(
Dec. 17th, 2013 01:58 pm (UTC)
Why not...I remember something similar done on the SGA set by one of the guys. It would be a classic photo op anyway! LMAO
Dec. 17th, 2013 02:05 pm (UTC)
Yeah, but unfortunately TV show sets are like a world of their own. If I were to do something like that, even though Christmas party is off the clock time, management would find a way to make me pay for that little prank in an on the clock kind of way.

To be honest, I'm about fed up with this daycare anyway, so it wouldn't ale much more to push me over the edge. Then I'd quit and I wouldn't have the money I need to support my family. *shrug*
Dec. 17th, 2013 02:26 pm (UTC)
You should start/apply for something better and when you get it, thumb your nose at them and walk away! You don't deserve being treated like that hon. "HUGS YOU"
Dec. 17th, 2013 07:53 am (UTC)
Weeeell, perhaps you should casually mention in a conversation how disgusting it is that some people (like your secret santa) apparently aren't able to follow a simple rule like "maximum $1.00" just to show off how much money they have by abusing the concept under the disguise of how much they "care" - and how this kind of behavior leads the whole concept of "christmas spirit" straight into absurdity by making it about the monetary worth of a gift, not the spirit behind it.

*They* are the ones "doing it wrong", really. And you should in no way feel bad about doing it *right*!!!

Edited at 2013-12-17 07:54 am (UTC)
Dec. 17th, 2013 02:00 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I did a little of that yesterday, and believe it or not, I don't think it's the majority of my coworkers who are saying it, but a select few.
I heard that my recipient has commented on how respectful the gifts have been. Whether that's true or not doesn't matter, but it makes me feel a little better about the situation.
I've decided not to worry about it anymore. If she likes her gifts, fine. If not, well that's fine too.
Thanks for the comment and support :)
Dec. 17th, 2013 07:38 pm (UTC)
I'm glad to hear that it's "only" a select few - that's more than enough. :-S Your recipient did the decent thing with her comments. You're right, it doesn't matter if that's true or not, what matters is, that she *said* it publicly and in doing so presented the right spirit, no matter if she knew about thee derogatory comments or not. Glad to hear that you have stopped worrying about idiotic people. :-)
Dec. 18th, 2013 05:59 am (UTC)
Douchebags are gonna douche. Especially this time of year.

I guess y'all do a reveal? So they can be all 'look at how fabulous I am because I gave these blahblah' which is, of course, the true spirit of giving. Amirite?

Ignore those assholes. They are not worthy of your time, effort or emotion. (I know, hard to do. But, chin up. You have nothing to be ashamed of or sad about.)
Dec. 18th, 2013 06:15 pm (UTC)
I can't think of words, think I'm still brain dead from all the Wine last night, not hungover but braindead.

Your dochebag coworkers suck and their lives shall suck as they attract nothing but suck with their suck.

Dec. 18th, 2013 06:21 pm (UTC)
Lmao!!! I think this is my favorite comment to date !! :)
Attract suck with their suck! I have to try to work that into a fic somehow! (Seems like something Stackhouse would say.)
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