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How to avoid buying gifts this christmas

18 October 2016, 19:54 Shakila Alivitsa

Nairobi - At my house we have never been big on any celebration by the way; Christmas, Easter, Anniversaries, Birthdays- anything! The day went as it came.

The most we would do is maybe cook something because we had to eat anyway.

The kids? We liked it when people did not come to our house and as we have aged, we have carried the attitude to worse extents. They come, and there is more utensils to wash and people to pick up after, they also want you to have conversation and when you are just relaxing in your room; you are being rude. Our parents had to adjust to us and understand us-the perks of being bright kids, our parents never press us on issues when we said we were done, we were done! It might also be because we are girls with attitudes, so they leave us alone.

The only type of guests we likes during holidays are the ones we cooked for and they offered to wash the utensils or the ones who can entertain themselves. Also the ones who leave afterwards.

Now just imagine the transition from that to the real world, where people expect things and for you to notice some events.

When you have a job/ business, start announcing about cash flow issues

You are struggling; some people want to floss and show off the new bag/ shoes they bought. Someone will expect the same. This is the time, you buy yourself something, hide it and wear next year. Don’t even get that car, someone will be telling you, ‘Your pockets are looking friendly, I am expecting something great this December from you!’

Don’t re-ignite that relationship that has been stale/ dead

Some people just come back to your life at very mysterious times. They have been quite whole year then, a month before their birthday, they come back. You are clueless because you do not remember up until that moment they tell you it is next week and now you have to do something. When some people reappear in your life during this period, choose to resurrect that relationship next year.

Arguments/ Silent treatments

Very bad advice for meaningful relationships but they are the best way to explain why you did not get them anything great. They will blame themselves which is also okay especially when they are the ones that started it. You keep quiet and go with the flow until January.

When all else fails, just be your normal broke self

Works best for unemployed people, no one ever expects anything from you. You can try say, you were fired. That way, you not only earn sympathy but you get sympathy/ consolation gifts as well.




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