For years, I bought into the commercialised Christmas gift-giving narrative. I shopped frantically for presents, not knowing if these would be appreciated, and received presents which I didn’t need.
I did lots of gift exchanges with friends from work. I religiously bought presents for friends and their children. All the jostling with crowds and frenzied shopping came to a screeching halt after one night where I spent three hours wrapping 30 presents for a party the next day.