Monday, December 10, 2012

Spacemas Preparations and an Unexpected Social Psychology Experiment

As many of you know, I'm going on a trip over Christmas to visit Spacetweeps (people I've met via Twitter and with whom I've attended space-related activities) in the EU and Turkey. The associated celebrations with said Spacetweeps will be referred to as Spacemas (thank you Jen for inventing that term).

In the process of getting gifts for various of the Spacetweeps with whom I have become close (as a result of attending the first European Space Agency social media event in September 2011 and subsequently suggesting and sponsoring SpaceUp Europe) I bought several Christmas gifts. This, in and of itself, is not news.

What was interesting, however, happened when I thought about including some of my American tweeps on the gift list. I was surprised to get, "Please don't bother, thank you for the thought." as a response.

Have we become so materialistic, so focused on the economic "equality" in gift exchange - don't get me a present so I don't have to get one for you - that we can't even enjoy sharing good fortune/cheer and be gracious about it?

Anyway, here is a nice picture from the first Spacemas gathering with Jen, Andy, Abbie, and Chris in Cocoa Beach!

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