Sunday, December 20, 2009
I've been railing against commercialism concerning special holidays for years. I think it's gotten out of hand.
Come on, Thanksgiving selling started in July this year. Christmas in August. I know we are having tough economic times (I own a business) and people are trying to make enough to survive, but summer is way to early to start selling for the holidays.
I understand, but Christmas, especially, is not about the biggest light display and who can get theirs up first. My mobile home park started sprouting Christmas decorations BEFORE Thanksgiving. Give me a break. It's not about who can get their shopping done first and sending the first Christmas card. It's not about big flashy Christmas party's.
Christmas is about celebrating the birth of Jesus (albeit not his actual birth date), and, yes, he was given presents but not more and bigger than the last.
Before Christmas we go into a frenzy of gift buying, bigger sales starting earlier every year, decorating, eating etc.
Instead of buying our kids 20 toys, buy 20 toys for a Children's Home; instead of spending money we don't really have for the greatest spread ever to impress our family and friends, buy the same amount of food and donate it to a homeless shelter; instead of putting up thousands of lights and displays and spending thousands of dollars for the electricity to pay for them, pay several family's electric bills.
Jesus isn't impressed by flamboyance, what does impress him is heeding his words, helping others, being a friend to those in need, and being kind to all.
Another SPer said it and it's true. More people commit suicide, kill others; depression is at a all time high; there is more stress, drinking (and driving drunk);100's of thousand of people are alone at this time of the year and more crimes against humanity are committed than any other month of the year.
We truly need to remember why Christmas is celebrated; love one another, be a friend to all and promote PEACE around the world.
May God bless you and yours and all of our and service men and woman who fight and have fought for our freedom.