I totally get you. Last year me and my boyfriend decided not to buy people presents, because like BC, we were fed up of the consumerism of it all. Instead we bought the gifts from Oxfam, so my mum got a goat, my brother a toilet, and my boyfriend got some school books! These gifts get given to a community or family in a third world country...great idea! This christmas we are going away to Amsterdam for the week before...just to get away from the shopping crowds, christmas music etc. I'm all for a great christmas, and I'm not religious, but we are definatley losing sight of what it's about...and for me it's about appreciating your loved ones, and spending quality time with them away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.