Every Christmas, I vow to find a way to combat the rampant materialism in our culture. I usually fail. I’d like to think I’m waaaaaay less materialistic than the average American, but that’s really not saying much.
This year, I am DETERMINED to take a stand against it. (Mostly.) We’re doing the 3-gifts-only thing for each of our girls for Christmas. Of course, they will have 6 other family Christmases to make up for it. I convinced my dad’s side of the family to omit the gift exchange this year, and I’m thrilled with this small victory. “So, we’ll just eat and play games and stuff, then?” my aunt wanted to know. Yes, exactly. We will feast and fellowship and remember what Christmas is really all about. We don’t do a gift exchange on my mom’s side either, so we’ll just have 2 on Gabe’s side–as well as Christmas w/my parents and siblings and then w/ Gabe’s.
I asked Livi the other day (did I already blog about this??) what Christmas gifts she remembers from last year (she probably got 40 or so). She couldn’t remember a single one–and then she thought of “my princess tattoos from Aunt Bethany!” That’s it. All those gifts and she remembers a 59 cent sheet of tattoos. Sigh.
Oh yeah–the point of this blog. So, I’m at Target just now with Ava and Nina, successfully navigating my way around all the Christmas stuff without buying any of it–okay, except for mint M-n-Ms and chocolate-covered Oreos on sale for $2. 🙂
And I see it. This lovely horse. This $249.99 toy ($269.99 online) that every child needs to make her life complete. She is Butterscotch by FurReal. She is an interactive almost-life-size pony that “eats” carrots, nuzzles you when you brush her mane, and probably even leaves horse droppings–who knows. I let Ava play with it while I shook my head in disbelief. What is this world coming to? Gabe’s parents just bought a real horse for not much more than Butterscotch costs.
Then I saw the note. Due to high demand, Butterscotch is temporarily out of stock. Product will be available on a limited basis throughout the holiday season. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Inconvenience? Inconvenience?!? An outrageously priced, insult-to-God’s-real-animals is out of stock, and people are feeling inconvenienced?
Kroger running out of milk–now that’s an inconvenience. The gas station running out of gas–inconvenience. Target running out of diapers… But a $250 stuffed pony?
That’s all I have for now. Monday is my day to catch up on life, not jump up and down on soapbox trampolines. Have a good one!