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Still buying slippers for grandpa?

What do you buy for the person who has everything?

If that person is an adult with a job and a car, I say buy nothing. Instead, find a kid who could use a Christmas gift. It doesn’t have to be your kid. There’s no shortage of kids in need.

Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus. Rich old guys traveled far to bring him gifts. That’s probably what started the gift-giving tradition. But 2,000 years later, we’re buying slippers for grandpa.

I believe many of us are overly influenced by retailers. Like Christmas robots, we run around the malls, mindlessly buying Christmas gifts for every family member and friend.

I’m not saying we should never buy Christmas presents for adults. I’m suggesting we shop more thoughtfully, keeping the tradition of Christmas in mind.
Merry Christmas!

— Mike Morone
Chili, N.Y.

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