I'm mesmerized by the extreme ways our society handles the winter holiday. You hear about black friday and how people avoid normal sleeping patterns just to save a buck or two. What if you are planning to not spend any money on gifts? Then society says you're not as prominent or as valuable. Cultural labels are written in chalk on your back, as if you were being marked like a diseased Ellis Island immigrant. Will you still persist? For it takes a challenge and maybe a few lashes to attain virtue of which is priceless. On the receiving end, my grandma insists that I compile a list for Santa. If I were to do such a thing, this is what I'd include: [1] [2] [3] [4]