It is that time of year when people start giving me things I don’t really want or need and in exchange I have to buy them something they probably don’t really want either. The entire gift-buying thing is crazy to me. That is why I’ve opted out of it. I just tell my friends not to buy me anything and in return I will not buy them anything and we’ll come out even. The only person I get a gift for is my mother because she will get me a gift even if I tell her not to. The concept of Christmas without gifts doesn’t work for her. This works ok for me because I still retain a little bit of the gift-giving tradition of Christmas without having to get into the crazy gift-buying thing.