Bonnie, I totally agree with you 100%. I was sickened today when I was in a store, and all the Halloween decorations were up, and some fall and Thanksgiving decorations too, this I can give a little leeway to since we are in the fall season......but there right dab smack center of the store was all the Christmas decorations, for gosh sakes it's September 13th!! When I was a kid, the arrival of the Christmas season began on Thanksgiving morning when Santa would make his way up Market Street on a float and then climb into a window of Gimbel's Department Store!!! We would all be so excited and have our letters to Santa in our hands that the mailmen would collect and promise to deliver to Santa and his elves at the North Pole!! In school marked the beginning of advent season, preparing for the birth of the Christ child and my Mom would make a small manager from cardboard and fill it with strips of hand written notes, and each day my brother and I would pick a piece of "straw" and carry out the assigned advent prayer or small task, or good deed. Advent was a big build up to us, it meant the birth of Christ, and all the preparations and prayers, plays and hymns we sang meant something to us. I'm saddened that this no longer is practiced in quite the same way as when I was a kid. Christmas wasn't all about presents we got maybe 3 or 4 whatever our parents could afford, we were happy, we went to Church had our entire family over for dinner, and we were happy to be with each other!
Joy overflows in my life!
I have inner peace!!
I have the power to change myself!
I have faith in my ability to succeed!
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