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The problem with some holidays is that they encourage unnecessary spending

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The problem with some holidays is that they encourage unnecessary spending

In a recent episode of the popular American comedy, Black-ish, the lead couple, Dre and Rainbow, attempted to spend a gift-less Valentine’s Day, which backfired, naturally.

I am part of the school of thought that holidays like Valentine’s Day and Christmas are capitalistic-driven days, which are meant to encourage people to overspend. The only difference is, instead of being entirely against such holidays, I actually welcome their capitalistic nature. I particularly enjoy Christmas because I am currently single. Nothing beats waking up to an over-priced gift in the morning, without someone expecting it from you.

The thought was spurred by the latest episode of the sitcom, Black-ish. Dre and Rainbow attempted to spend Valentine’s Day without gifting one another, which was a first for them. During their date, while other couples shared the gifts they bought for one another, they sat despondent with nothing to give to each other.

The episode highlighted the fact that even as a single man, I look forward to one day spoiling and being spoilt by my significant other on such days. Does that make me materialistic? Most probably. Does it bother me? No, not in the slightest.

Secondly, a key takeaway from the episode is that it is not the gifts that are problematic, but rather, the intention of the gift. I believe it is important to know who you are dating and then gifting your partner accordingly. Like myself, I enjoy food and quality time, therefore, to spoil me, in Garfield’s words, “Love me, feed me, never leave me.”

Sabelo Makhubo
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