Chrissie Swan doesn’t think much of the Kris Kringle.
In fact, the radio host has dubbed the popular gift exchange practice the “great landfill experiment”.
“It’s just rubbish every single year,” Swan told The Herald Sun.
The media personality’s major problem with Secret Santa is the low budget often set by the organisers of present-giving circle.
“If you cap a present at $20 or $30, which is what we do at the workplace, it really limits what sort of quality stuff you can get,” the 43-year-old said.
“That’s why you find rubbish to come in under the budget.”
Rubbish is right. According to CARE Australia, which Swan is an ambassador for, Australians will waste $179 million on unwanted Kris Kringle gifts this Christmas.
And yet despite the likelihood of giving – and receiving – an unpopular present this year, there’s no getting out of a Kris Kringle, as the mum-of-three pointed out.
“You have to (engage in it) — what sort of grinch would you be if you said, ‘No, I’m not going to do it’?”