ERIN NIEMELA – Two days before Christmas my brother called, frantically demanding I tell him what to purchase for my two young children and myself. For the kids, I said, buy Legos. For myself, I neither need nor want anything. I requested he write for me a brief letter answering the following question: If you could give me anything in the world for Christmas, what would it be and why? My dear brotherâ€™s response was less than agreeable: â€œWhat the hell? Iâ€™m too busy to do that! Just tell me what you want!â€ In his defense, he just had a new baby, but his response warrants a closer look into American culture and how it impacts all of us.