Why waste money and resources buying special Christmas gifts when you can buy them at any time of the year? At least that's what this influencer and musician feels.
As Christmas approaches, many of us are building up our Christmas wish lists and looking for the ideal presents to gift our loved ones. However, Loren Rosko, a musician–who goes by @lorenrosko on TikTok–has disclosed that she and her spouse have completely stopped the tradition of giving Christmas presents within the family. The reason behind it is plain and simple. They plan on investing their money into something more significant for each other and other family members of the house.
"I don't do Christmas gifts. My husband, my family, we just don't do it. So, I'm gonna tell you why and what we do instead," Rosko explained in her video. She clarified that the reason behind the shift in the typical tradition was that she and her husband believed they already had all that they needed. She shared that rather than waiting until Christmas or their birthdays to come around, they would usually purchase anything they needed or desired throughout the year.
Rosko recalled telling her husband that she had been wanting to get an air fryer, and a few days later, an air fryer showed up at their house because he had ordered it already. "He's like, 'Why wait 'till your birthday when you can get your money's worth and start cooking in it now?'" Rosko continued. The couple decided to spend their money to have pleasant experiences and make memories instead of hoarding materialistic gifts. She and her husband decided not to exchange gifts this holiday season for another vital reason. They believed that the true meaning of Christmas was all about spending time with loved ones and attending family get-togethers and outings.
"I have three nephews, and when I ask them what they want for Christmas, they just want those video game gift cards," Rosko said. But instead of handing over the gift cards to them, Rosko and her husband started throwing cookie decorating parties, taking her nephews ice skating and allowing them to select an activity that interests them. "The main reason we stopped giving gifts to the other adults in our family is because there's so much stress trying to figure out what you wanna get someone for Christmas and you end up spending all this money," she continued.
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"My mother-in-law started the tradition of taking me, my husband and his brother to Cirque du Soleil for Christmas," she added. "And I love that. It's just a fun experience, but yeah maybe try bringing that up with your family. Be like, let's not do gifts this year, let's just do something fun." The TikTok audience had diverse thoughts about Rosko's idea of not exchanging gifts during Christmas.
@nadia_k426 joked, "Maybe it's just us poor folks that have to wait for special occasions to get what we want/need." @cosmicdoll wrote, "I don't mind getting gifts, but, like I wish people would give experiences or homemade stuff. No one has ever made me bread or jam, but I do that for everyone else. Like, I'd love a painting someone made, a scarf they knitted or a quilt they sewed. I don't need another store-bought sweater, you know?"
@clementinakozma shared, "We decided to write our names on a piece of paper and put it in a hat for this Christmas, everyone draws one name. Easier than buying for everyone something." @twolattesandmocha commented, "I 100% agree! Heading out of town with my daughter for Xmas. It's all about those experiences, not material things that we can get at any time throughout the year." @anne.koii added, "Same. Husband and I order whatever we want, so gifting during Christmas doesn't mean anything to us."