Dear Ask Angie :
I hate the holiday season! I am not a Grinch or anything – it’s just that I really enjoy buying people gifts or doing special things for them and people make such a big deal about it. They say things like “You shouldn’t have. It’s too much.. I’ll pay. We should split it. I couldn’t take that from you.” It is SO annoying! Why can’t people just say thank you?
I agree with you! I find this habit incredibly annoying! During the holiday season, we hear so much about how what we give is a blessing to other people and we should give, give, give. I believe being a gracious receiver bestows just a great of a blessing as giving. I mean who is going to do all the receiving from all this giving if everyone refuses to take help, a gift and a free lunch every now and then. People should just say thank you – and mean it. It is rude to deny people the opportunity to do nice things for you. I’ll say it again: IT IS RUDE!!!
If I want to buy you lunch – let me. I am not keeping a score card and neither should you.
If I see a bracelet that reminds me of you, let me give it to you damnit without some ten minute speech about how I shouldn’t have and you don’t have anything for me, blah!blah! blah. Just smile, say you love it and thank you very much.
How someone receives a blessing is a real statement to their character.
Think about the last gift you received or the last time someone tried to do something nice for you.
How did you react?
Were you gracious?
Did you allow it to be a blessing to person giving the blessing?
Or were you a jackass, mucking up what could have been a beautiful by arguing about it?
Let’s try a little less jackass and a little more gracious this holiday season. Okay? Thanks!