There is, indeed, a lot of pleasure in giving gifts. Gift shopping is one of my favorite parts of the holidays, especially when I find that special gift that will appeal to a particular person's likes, tastes and needs. I don't understand people with this LW's mentality.There is pleasure in giving gifts and they need not be expensive. LW missed that and that is why she is a Scrooge
As an only child myself, and as the daughter, stepdaughter and mother of only children, I really hate to say this, but it seems to me that the LW's attitude is more common than not for a lot of only children I've known. Not for myself, my mother (who is the total opposite of this LW) or my son, but for many others that I've known (like my stepmother). Humorless, rigid, spoiled, my way or the highway--and-I-know-best type thinking. Not sure if it's because they grew up never having to share or compromise with a sibling and see things from a sibling's point of view, or because they're often catered to, or what, but it's annoying.