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Monday, December 03, 2012

When a man points a finger at someone else , he should remember that four of his fingers are pointing to himself." Louis Nizer

This is the season of joy and love and laughter and magic. It is supposed to be a season of children and happiness.

But sometimes when you are out holiday shopping or even at the grocery store people will surprise you. Sometimes rude behaviour takes center stage, there can be pushing shoving , name calling ,line cutting .

I have seen kids crying parent's shouting and the list goes on forever.

It's all about the Holiday stress . Now that I am older and wiser I can see the frazzled look in someone's eyes. People are worn down and out have little money to spend and little time to do it in. I would like to think that line jumper has a sick mother at home, or the lady screaming at her kid just lost her job.

While there is a reason for the season there is also a reason unknown to us for this bad rude questionable behaviour. Should you give them the same back? I am not a Saint I am not perfect, I just give them a smile, sometimes a kind word and move on.

May the magic of Christmas touch all our hearts.
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    1807 days ago
    Love your attitude! How we chose to look at a thing makes all the difference. And you're right! We never know.
    1810 days ago
    I suppose we shouldn't be surprised that Christmas is the season of extreme aggression, rudeness, pushiness and selfishness when the whole thing starts with Black Friday! Kind of sets the stage for all that undesirable behavior and the media as well as the retailers perpetuate it. Ironic that the Christmas cards all say "Peace" and "Joy", when the frenzied shopping and crazed consumerism is just the opposite of that. This time of year makes me wish I lived out in the sticks far, far from civilization more than ever! But I don't, so instead I just stay home...eating cookies. emoticon
    1810 days ago
    Nicely said.
    1810 days ago
    Oh JoAnne - not to mention the traffic ! yesterday when I went to the grocery store I experienced this behavior. First my legs were sore from sat. So I was moving a little slow :) . Anyway - I picked out my groceries , a few items for special need diet for Rory now after this last visit to the hospital - he had a diverticulitis attack (intestines) so last week he was on liquids all week - not until today could he move up to soft/solid food. Any way so I get in line to check out - I am at the self checker machine and it was malfunctioning - (go figure) so the attending girl and I were trying to solve the issue and the people behind me were appalling in their behavior. Yelling at us both- so I took out my cell phone a snapped a picture of their angry - then showed it to the attending girl and pointed my finger at it and laughed then turned and looked back at them and stated "know one can rob me of Christmas Spirit" and left them in a bewildered state and the rest of the people in line applauding me !

    Hugs my dear friend - K
    1810 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/3/2012 12:07:38 PM
    I really dislike shopping around this time, because people do seem to get pretty grabby and snarky. But sometimes you just have to grin and bear it, and remember that people are stressed out for the reasons you mentioned.

    And oh dear, I haven't even begun my holiday shopping yet, and now I'm getting stressed out. Better not let that make me too grouchy, lol!
    1810 days ago
    1810 days ago
    Could it be my age? We don't do much shopping anymore but do I ever reminisce. At this time of the year, I long for the days gone past when our 5 little boys were caught up in the true spirit of Christmas. The look in their eyes on Christmas morning. The joy of Midnight Mass. Like I said, I guess it is my age.

    At any rate, I thoroughly enjoyed your blog. Thank you

    1810 days ago
    In a city chock full of rude, selfish and spoiled people, bad behavior is a given. I've learned to ignore it and move on, making
    sure not to lose my smile.
    1810 days ago
  • MCGS62
    Tis the season to be rude and selfish.. I don't believe that any one in the store except for a rare few , have any more problems than you or I.
    I just try to ignore them . Karma has a way of equalizing things for me.
    and that way if they are one of the few with personal disasters happening in their lives, then I haven't been offensive to them accidentally.

    1810 days ago
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