Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Leah vs. The Angel Tree

Ugh so lets just the this out of the way I have issues with the angel tree at church...... Every year I feel like it's out to get me, but every year I take a few items off of it. Like the one year, by that I mean every year I have to go to 7 different stores just to find the items needed, No wonder they asked for them. HA. Its not like they are hard to find, socks, shoes, clothing, jackets... Crap like that, but the problem I run in to is that sometimes those items are PRICEY... like shoes or a jacket. Why did I choose such items? Well my mom goes to that church too and she and I go in on the items and by that I mean she picks them off the tree then I BUY them.... OR the fact that I don't think we should even do a tree since half the families from church are on there so what's the point, not our job we should find a rich church to sponsor us...... There is some History on my feelings....... 4 years now.......

SO This year I beat my mom to the punch!! I picked out awesome stuff off the tree!! I got their early and got TOYS this year FUN FUN FUN toys like a Nerf Gun and LEGOS! That is what Christmas is about anyways, NOT SOME CRAP SOCKS AND PAJAMAS... I did pick socks off, but poo I PICKED TOYS. But as I am looking over the tags on the tree I notice 2 items that kinda took me back a bit... NO this was nothing like the one year we almost got stuck buying the Cottenelle moist wipes... uh huh.. So glad we did not get those. But gift cards... yeah $25 gift cards to local restaurants..... I am not sure how I feel about that. So I said something to my friends that where near by and who could possibly be on the tree, I don't know its anonymous you know. But I am pretty sure it was my tone, what I said, and the fact that I pretty much say what every I want without regard to anything, " WHAT THE CRAP, WHY ARE PEOPLE ASKING FOR GIFT CARDS!?!?!?" NICE. and my friends looked at me kinda in shock, confused, thinking, all in one. Like they were trying the find the right thing to say to ME... Well Maybe our Bishop suggested it to them or maybe they want to on a date.. YEAH those things.

I don't know, I don't go on dates I am married. I would not suggest to people in need to go out on a date that will probably result in them spending money on a baby sitter or paying the difference in total vs. gift card. Money they would not have spent if they had not got said gift card. But on the other hand I can see wanting to go to the restaurants, they are good and fun... I can see wanting to go there on a date with my spouse.... But should I or someone else have to pay for that??? I don't know I am troubled and torn.... I feel bad for saying to my friends... I feel bad they are on there, I feel like to make this better I should go back and get those tags... But then I think hey I have and could be poor .... Would that be the thing I would ask for??? Should those have really been put on the church tree?? Shouldn't they save up for their date night??? I don't know I have a lot a questions and thus the reason for blogging two days in a row!!! I need your thoughts on this. NEEEEED!!!!!


Ink Obsession Designs said...

Gift cards do seem a little random for the tree...I can definitely see toys (and socks, pjs, etc) and even food for Christmas, but I'm not sure about the gift cards. Who knows though! Maybe there is some legit reason behind it.

Little Ms Blogger said...

Seriously? Gift cards to a restaurant? They shouldn't be on the tree.

I thought the purpose of an Angel Tree was to give gifts to those in needs. In my humble opinion, this does not qualify.

It would be different if it were a gift cert for the electric company or oil company - the basic necessities of life, but going out to dinner is a luxury, not a necessity.

I wouldn't take the tag.

Ron said...

Well, my feelings about this are that I guess if the gift cards were for a grocery store to buy food, that would make more sense.

To me, a resturant gift card would only make someone spend more money because they may have to ADD money to the check and then also have to leave a tip.

But hey, I'm with you...picking the TOY TAGS off the tree would be FUN! FUN! FUN! I love shopping for toys for kids.

Kristina P. said...

I belong to this message board, and this has been a hot topic recently.

Many kids are asking for iPhones and Wiis, etc.

I agree with you. I think that a gift card to Walmart or Target is fine, but not to a restaurant.

wonder woman said...

I could understand gift cards to Walmart or Macey's, but Applebees? Notsomuch.

Oh. Everyone else already said that. Great minds think alike, apparently.

*Ashleigh* said...

I'm with you. I don't agree with resturaunt gift cards on the ANGEL tree. I'm going to leave it at that. I could have a long conversation about this topic but I won't leave it here on your blog.

And NO you should not go back and get them. You will always wonder after the fact.

Don't get me wrong I love the idea of the Angel tree and usually participate so don't think I'm being a scrooge.

Susan said...

Maybe the gift cards are like "toys" to the parents. I guess I will just trust the Bishop knows best on this one!!

Kerri said...

I agree with Susan. It is really hard on a marriage when you have financial hardship and a date would be a great gift for Christmas. I know the Bishop and RS Presidency did try to stick to mostly necessities, but wnat peopl eto get something they can enjoy too. And also, maybe the git=ft cards aren't for a date. maybe they are for people who get invited out to lunch with their friends a lot but always have to say no because they really can't afford it. I think the spirit of giving is sometimes more important than teh gift itself. I know how nice it was to wake up to find Christmas at our door one year when we were really struggling.

Kristina P. said...

Hey, I thought I would see a new background!

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