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December 7, 2002
Several Christmases ago, my siblings and I bought my folks a big-screen television ($200/person). That was the same Christmas they got me an mp3 player ($150). We got my youngest brother a second computer ($300). My family alone fueled the economy that Christmas. Making up for every one missed.

Is it buying love to lavish gifts, or is it a show of love never before able to be shown? Is it stupidity to live beyond your means, or is it compensation for a life never lived?

Is it wrong to spend and spend or is it an escape, an escape?