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Voices of MainStreet: April Lee

No TV, No Shopping Problems

Dec. 6, 2010

Holiday gift giving has not crossed my mind this year. I’m not sure how much of that has to do with the economy or my general attitude shifting.

Possibly it’s because I do not have a TV. I’m thinking that because I have avoided many advertisements this year, I have forgotten about all of the expected shopping I am supposed to do. It’s not that I think shopping is a bad thing. I enjoy shopping but removing sources that bring unnecessary items to my attention has substantially lowered my drive to buy things. It’s kind of cool because now I can see what is truly important to me.

“Stuff” collects and eventually becomes clutter in my home. Eventually, I have to deal with that clutter. I can’t hide it in my closet forever.

If I don’t need something I do not want to have it: except for a subscription to Jazz Improvisation magazine. Do you know how many years I have asked for this? Then I open presents of pins, brooches and cat sweaters I will never wear. Do I sound ungrateful? I think I do.

Knowledge, learning, travel and people are the most important things to me. I tend to give that way too. My “gift” I am giving to myself and to others this year, is visiting them. I will make pies, cookies and enjoy watching their children rip open Christmas presents wrapped under a tree. We’ll sing songs and maybe play in the snow if it’s available. Likely we will tell lots of stories and pretend we caught Santa and asked him his secrets.

I don’t have children of my own and if I did I am sure I would buy them lots of presents. But at this point in my life, I have different priorities that aren’t based on giving a lot of things. I’m enjoying it for what it is and one day I will enjoy giving lots of things to others.

—April is a well-traveled young woman planting her roots in sunny Seattle, or well, just Seattle. Her writing covers whatever piques her interest and curiousity. Check out her blog here.

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