Wednesday, December 17, 2008


Hate it. Hate it. Hate it.

Cow thinking of offering this excuse up:

"Please don't buy me anything this year. From now on, I'm only exchanging presents with relatives."

Wonder if it will work. Cow exasperated enough to give it a try.



Blogger Kevin Musgrove said...

"It's the thought that counts so I thought I wouldn't bother." (-:

1:54 PM  
Blogger Watercolor said...

A friend has another idea - everyone buy something for themselves. Everybody is happy and only has to buy one thing. It is easier and cheaper, too.

2:24 PM  
Blogger The Topiary Cow said...

Ha! Cow knew she could count on her most excellent and imaginative readers for really good ideas!

(Cow quickly writing them down in a little green notebook)


2:56 PM  
Blogger TimT said...

Excellent idea! I could also try on my relatives the following: "Please don't buy me anything this year. I will only be exchanging presents with friends..."


3:22 PM  
Blogger Susan said...

Um... I did that. Actually, it became mutually agreed a few years ago with my closest BFF's, since we were all broke, that we'd buy each other a simple ornament then go out to dinner together in January. Worked beautifully. I don't buy gifts for any adults other than my immediate family. Now if I could just get my family to agree to something similar...

4:53 PM  
Blogger HEATHER said...

Well last year my aunt said that since Christmas is Jesus' birthday, buy him a present(do something for a charity)-you can buy me something for my birthday. I can not tell you how it freed me! We only do Santa Claus presents for the kiddo.
My kid gets way too much crap from the relatives as it is, so I keep paring Santa down too. We are trying to do more for charity this year.
I hate shopping, I hate the commercialism of Christmas, I hate the mania that happens to people when they get in stores. It's just all become too much.
BTW-How is your work situation going?
Moo to you!

5:03 PM  
Blogger Gorilla Bananas said...

Everyone should give each other photos of themselves, in a variety of poses and costumes (or states of undress in some cases).

12:24 AM  
Blogger Supermom said...

All wonderful ideas....

6:30 AM  
Blogger The Topiary Cow said...

Hee! Cow is glad to know it's not just a Cow thing (exasperated).

Tim: you are evil. Truly. :)

Susan: This is a good idea. Cow would get a lot more out of lunch than most of these presents.

Heather: Agreed. If we all just helped out charities, it could be a better world instead of an in-debt world.

Work is okay. Cow is now locking her file drawers against the snoop.

Gorilla: Cow is awaiting your photo! Or photos!

Supermom: Yes, The Land of Topiary ideas are always primo.


7:31 AM  
Blogger Susan said...

It's a vicious cycle. You buy a friend a gift (or they buy you one) and then there's the obligatory reciprocity, which grows a bit each time. If you start gradually cutting back, or just giving something homemade or simple (like the ornaments)then it can ease the burden on both sides. I bet some of those people would be glad to be set free of the need to buy things too!

8:33 AM  
Blogger The Topiary Cow said...

Yes, Susan is right.

And it's not as if, when somebody shows up on your doorstep, that you can just say: WAIT! I don't DO presents! Take it back!

Susan's idea of easing out of it is a good idea. There's a great $3 mix for lemon bars which is easy, tastes good, and is very affordable...and can be decorated with tasteful greenery!


1:15 PM  

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