The months surrounding Christmas often lead me to wonder at the guilt we associate subconsciously with the act of giving and receiving. We are trained to feel guilty if we do not give enough, and if what we give is not equal to that which we receive from the same person.
As the days get shorter the mind of the consumer culture is swept up in this guilt. The need to buy things, to spend money, grows more extensive every day closer to the 25th of December. Soon the day comes and gifts are given and in our afterparty exhaustion we spend the rest of the dark winter feeling the guilt of having spent to expansively in our giving. Of having given more than we had to give to feed the consumer culture in which we swim.