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Amen to that. While I agree with the sentiment about obligatory gift giving, there's a certain "I'm a better person than you" moral superiority to this essay and others like it. And it seems to miss the fundamental idea that Christmas is about sharing the day and gratitude for the coming of a new year with those you love. Paradoxically, in making Christmas all about the gifts that she's not going to give, Krista is herself diminishing the true spirit of Christmas by focusing on gifts rather than the larger ritual.