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Am I cheap for not marking 'occasions'?

This article was first published on guardian.co.uk on Friday February 22 2008. It was last updated at 09:43 on February 22 2008.

I refuse to buy Valentine's Day cards, Mother's or Father's Day presents, Easter eggs and all the other commercial nonsense thrown at us. My friends say I'm just a tightwad who doesn't know the meaning of the word "generosity". Who's right?

Occasion not commerce
There's no need to buy into any of the commercial "nonsense", but do mark the occasions. It shows you care and is the stuff of memories. For Mother's Day, offer to do a job for parents that you know they hate; mow the lawn, do the ironing or clean the car inside and out. Do your own Valentine's meal - simple starter, soup, casserole, pancakes, bread and butter pudding or treacle sponge, wine, cheese and biscuits, mints, coffee. Paint hard-boiled eggs with food colouring for Easter, ask a Women's Institute member for the amazingly simple knitted rabbit egg cosy in their March magazine, or do a treasure hunt round your garden for hidden bags of tiny chocolate eggs.
Joan Shawcross, Driffield, East Yorks