Christmas and Commercialism
Saturday, November 12, 2011
I wish Everyone a wonderful time planning this upcoming holiday season!
Last night I went looking at Christmas decorations and felt increasingly saddened by the commercial of the Christmas season. There was so much you could buy, buy, buy. Maybe it's just me but it seems almost obscene as we become more globally oriented and aware of the plight of others.
I have to admit that this time of year has it's own sadness for our family of three which used to be four...
We no longer purchase a tree but instead I go out into the garden , cut some branches, place them in a big pot, cover them with these little tiny solar lights and we have an alternative to, what I call, Christmas in your face! This conservation approach I don't expect to be for everyone, but is a potential alternative to the sometimes craziness of the season.
Our crazy Christmas tree!
Grandchildren, some time away, I recognize may change our approach, but for several reasons hinted at above, I hope not. The 100 dollars or so we save goes to a community or global good cause. Our Michael, appeared to have a gift for being particularly tuned in with those in need and so it is our family's way of honoring our son who is with us, just not in physical being.
I don't mean to be harsh or judgemental, and if I seem to be I am sorry as this is the last thing I would wish for my fellow Sparkers!
Perhaps though I hope that by each of us looking at our priorities as the season of Light approaches, we might together have a collective impact on the "Others" of this world.