Just thought I'd bring it up, because you wouldn't know it from walking into your local Walmart, turning on the radio, or taking a stroll around the block. In fact, according to the gods of retail, it's been Christmas since the day after Halloween.
We give because we want to feel a part of something. It dawns on me: unconsciously, I have been trying to keep my fragmented family together by gift giving. It may not be pretty but it is how clans, communities and enemies have survived for millennia.