I agree for most it has become about the capitalism. The one I hate is the Xmas cards. They were designed to be sent to someone far away, to touch base at a special time of year. We now feel obliged to hand them to people at work we never speak to. I also know people that count how many they get and compare that to last years number - they can remember how many they got last year Get a life, watch the twinkly lights, each another bowl of trifle!!!