Family and Friends are the Best Presents Money Can Never Buy

What's more important than a wrapped present?

What heavenly delights awaits us this Christmas?  A King’s feast?  An abundance of expensive gifts?  A chance to drink as much as what’s contained in a brewery?  A chance to become the Karaoke King, or Queen, by participating in a good old sing-song despite having a voice like a bullfrog?  Or maybe a time for joyful celebration amidst heated arguments over who gets the TV remote?

I say thee nay!  Be wise, my friend and see Christmas for what it really is – which should be spent sharing precious time with friends and family.

Christmas should not be spent just on getting stressed and relinquishing the little money we have on meaningless stuff just to satisfy our guilty conscience.

In reality for most people, Christmas has become an expensive, stressful and superficial exercise that contradicts the true meaning of this particular holiday period.

What is most important is spending our limitless love on the human beings who are forever in our minds and who are etched into our hearts.  This is what true giving is made of…and is much cheaper too.

If we can somehow emancipate ourselves from the commercial and consumeristic mockery man has created of Xmas, then we can take advantage of this holiday period to replenish our minds and spirits by renewing healthy relations with ourselves, family and friends.

No amount of money can buy us this reinvigorating presence of the people who love and respect us in our lives.

Save a thought for the amount of time we slaved away working or being preoccupied with something trivial throughout the past year rather than being around the human beings who are most important to us – or maybe you are someone who does everything in their power to escape the nagging girlfriend and crying baby – don’t look at me!

But I am the first to admit that it is not always rosy in the garden of close relationships, as in the case of my seemingly reliable friends and beloved family.

As much as I love the few friends that I do have, they always seem harder to get to than Barack Obama, and most of the time they cannot even be bothered to ring me much less pay me a visit – miserable bastards!

And yes, the family can also get on my nerves at the best of times, where there have been moments when I have had to quickly retire to the safe haven of my impregnable fortress of a room just to get some peace away from the screaming demands of the mob.

However, I’m of the opinion that Christmas is a great chance to catch up with the people you haven’t seen for a while and to take the opportunity to be in the company of family who can aid your growth in mind as well as bring happiness to your heart and soul.

This, I feel, is the best present anyone can ask for and is something that everyone should be blessed with this coming Christmas…or then again, maybe not.

What does Christmas mean to you?

What does it mean to me?  Priceless relationships.

Happy Christmas, everyone!


  1. Socrates says:

    Great advice, my friend.

    “…Christmas has become an expensive, stressful and superficial exercise that contradicts the true meaning of this particular holiday period.”

    I wholeheartedly agree. I find it so disheartening whenever I see people focused on all the wrong things this time of the year.

  2. Jason Cooper says:

    Thank you for your input, my friend, and a merry christmas to you and your family.

  3. Odd how the shopping and the gift-giving have become so all-consuming. It’s as if a demon had cast some sort of evil spell. Perhaps we have to re-learn if we ever knew it that feeling and not possession is what makes life beautiful.

  4. Hulbert says:

    Hi Jason. I really enjoyed reading this post. Some of it was humorous too. I agree with you though, that Christmas is about connecting with family and friends that you haven’t seen for a long time, more than about the presents that you can buy. Good relationships with the people you have is something that money can’t buy; well, maybe if you have “a lot” of money… haha just kidding. Thanks sharing this article. 🙂

  5. sharmishtha says:

    dear jason,
    wonderful and very truthful post. durgapuja is a similar festival in bengal, india, i have seen people start buying gifts to be given away on the next durgapuja from the very next month of this durgapuja.
    quality time and affection is the greatest gift we can give to our dear ones, and they too ask the same from us.
    wonderful post, thanks for sharing.

  6. Jason Cooper says:

    Dear NP, Hulbert & Trisha,

    Thank you for your enlightening comments and kind words – and not to worry, you guys will always be considered my friends – albeit on the internet only.

    Just like to wish you all a happy new year!