Reason #4 to Keep Living: Gifts

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The preparation for Christmas, as usual, has left me feeling drained and overwhelmed.

I don’t mind spending money on important things, and the people I love fall especially into that category, but it can’t be denied that the time leading up to Christmas — the time in which gifts are bought and wrapped — is an extreme assault on the senses in our Western society. Everything becomes rushed and loud: advertisements scream out in sound and color from the radio, t.v., and billboards; the streets are full of hectic drivers; and even the people are constantly in an exasperated hurry, running from one shop or Christmas party to the next.  Continue reading