Christmas All Year Round

How many shopping days left until Christmas? I haven’t a clue. Nor am I going to look it up. But I know where to shop.

Back in 2009 I discovered Käthe Wohlfahrt’s Weinachtsdorf (which I think translates into English as “Christmas Village”) in a visite to Rothenburg, Germany. I was impressed enough to snap a couple of photos, but didn’t buy anything. Though my wife may have.

I’m not sure how I feel about Christmas decorations. There always seem to be too many of them around ourt house during the Advent season. Maybe it is just that I’m not a fan of the labor involved in putting them up, then taking everything down a month later.

I understand the appeal though. And I will admit the store is magical. There is so much more here than just a glass ball to hang on the Christmas tree. When I look on their website I see lots of items that I wouldn’t mind owning – until I remember I don’t really need them.

I’m trying to do that more often as I get older. There is a difference between wants and needs, and they need to be carefully balanced. There are so many shiny baubles I could buy – but do I need more toys?

Sometimes it is nice to be able to indulge, to purchase something because it appeals to me. I do find though that the consumer urge is easier to resist as I get older.

Which means that I can resist shopping at Käthe Wohlfahrt’s Christmas store, or at least the online version. I can admire the various ornaments without feeling I must own them. It might be a little tougher to resist if I were to visit Rothenburg again and add the tactile to the visual experience.

Can you relate to that? Is there a point where you just have to own something? If so, what is the trigger, what pushes you past want and into need? Do you even know?

2 comments

  1. For some, I would suspect the ‘lust’ to own something transcends logical considerations, hence the term, ‘impulse purchase.’ But it isn’t always sudden. Based on scanty anecdotal stories from friends, the mentality that ‘I’ve got to have that’ may be a longer-term obsession.

    Very few things sold in the worldwide market of giftware are necessary. I once suggested that we could save a lot of raw material resources by compelling each creator and manufacturer to state their case for offering a product for sale prior to receiving a barcode number (UPC number) which is absolutely necessary for retail transactions. If the item was basically junk, they would be denied permission to manufacture.

    1. I like that Idea. Mind you, I have a lot of desk knickknacks…

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