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Christmas and Commercialism

Saturday, November 12, 2011

I wish Everyone a wonderful time planning this upcoming holiday season!
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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!
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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.

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  • PCOH051610
    You are so right! I used to love Christmas as a child and only part of that love was due to the gifts from Santa. It was the whole deal. The family time - gathered around a puzzle or a board game. It was the joy of going to church and being in a Christmas-themed skit. It was the carols we sang for the seniors, etc

    I''m in my mid-forties now and hate what Christmas has become for many. Frayed nerves, disappointment, cranky shoppers, credit card bills....

    Due to our financial situation this year we have decided to put a halt to what Christmas has become. Although it is only my husband and myself, we've decided to put a lot of thought into one or two presents and to spend the time doing things we enjoy. I volunteer with the Salvation Army each Christmas and that brings me so much joy. We love the idea of going back in time and really enjoying ourselves, be it ice skating, sliding, visiting our neighbours, visiting family, sharing meals with friends, etc.

    Thanks for writing this blog! I know your son Michael would be so proud of you. And, for the record, I think your "branches" are a wonderful tree!
    2260 days ago
  • BD3269PM
    I agree that the commercialism is way out of control. I have scaled back everything over the past holiday seasons. But I have kept the tree because of my grandson. To see the delight in his eyes as we put it up and light it is very special to me. But your idea for a tree also sounds lovely. And family that is no longer physically here with us, are still a part of our everyday and holiday life in our hearts. I wish you joy and peace this holiday season. Keep on sparking emoticon
    2262 days ago
    Beautiful thoughts! BY FAR outshining all those rows of cellophaned ornaments and boatloads of candy already stocked to overflowing in the stores...! Ugh!

    We all would enrich our lives so much by foregoing the stores and plastic things and look deep within to what makes Christmas such a special time.

    The answer does not lie on a store shelf or require a charge card!

    2262 days ago
    We try hard to balance the commercial with the REAL reason for the season. It's too easy to get caught up in it all...

    I love your idea of branches in a pot! That sounds lovely. emoticon We have a fake tree that we've used for the past 12 years (13 counting this one) so I feel we've gotten our money's worth there.

    2263 days ago
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