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Christmas is NOT about how much you buy, dangit!

Monday, November 26, 2012

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I am appalled and disgusted at the behavior of my fellow citizens (I hesitate to use the word humans - connotes a higher being than what I saw on the news reports) bashing each other and grabbing at things on THANKSGIVING NIGHT and Black Friday. What the heck is wrong with people that they buy into all this commercialization garbage?

I am saddened to see people acting as they were on TV. There is something so inherently wrong with adults willing to demean themselves and fight like 3 year olds over the chance to buy some item. Every year I find it harder and harder to go shopping between Thanksgiving and Christmas because the vast majority of the people in stores are pushy and grabby and downright RUDE. My Christmas spirit gets more severely diminished the more
I am surrounded by greedy, grabby, crass and unmannerly dolts. I turn into a variation of the Grinch just watching New Reports of Black Friday.

I frequently make donations to charities as the gifts, except for the children. People actually appreciate that you donate and they can see the good the donation contributes to. If I see something I know a certain person would absolutely enjoy, I'll probably get it for them, but not just because I feel I MUST BUY things. Most of us and all my close friends and family have more than we need already. If I have the choice between spending on something just to have a gift and donating to a charity in a person's name, I'll make the donation. Am I alone in this thought process or are there others out there who feel similarly?

ADDENDUM: Various things I use as alternatives to gifts:
Buy a pair of goats (on-line) for people in Africa
Donate to the local Rescue Mission that feeds and provides shelters for the homeless
Donate to the Salvation Army, which does a lot of good and doesn't pay their
staff ridiculous amounts
Donate to St. Walburga's Convent in Colorado, because the nuns do so many
wonderful things with virtually nothing. (They were the inspiration for
the movie LILIES OF THE FIELD with Sidney Poitier)
Donate to Father Woody's Haven of Hope, which provides homeless men a
place to shower, get a shave and a haircut and do laundry at no cost to them.
Volunteer on Christmas or Thanksgiving to serve meals to the homeless. If
anything will teach you be grateful for what you have, that definitely will do it.
There's an on-line Wildlife Fund you can "adopt" animals through. I have done
that and they send a certificate of adoption and small stuffed versions of the
wild animals you donate to help - wolves, whales, lynx, tigers, elephants, frogs,

These are just a few of my favorite things . . . .

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    I just saw this blog now, and although it is before Christmas, I very much agree. for the last few years I have been doing a combination of donations and gifts to friends and family. MCC is one I really respect, even if I am not Mennonite.
    Irene in Canada
    2269 days ago
    I couldn't agree with you more! I also agree with TX.PATRICIA. The reason for the season has been lost as people tend to look for the best deals instead of remembering the true meaning of Christmas. I don't think this will change anytime soon. Retailers know we try to hang onto our money and spend less freely. Thus, they make sales almost impossible to ignore.

    As a result, my Christmas spirit is practically non-existent. I used to enjoy Christmas but not anymore. However, we've decided to buy gifts just for the children and I do enjoy shopping for them. It's so much fun to watch them open their gifts in anticipation and see the excitement on their faces.

    You are NOT alone! There are many other people that have a perspective very similar to yours.
    2278 days ago
  • OPTIMIST1948
    Yes! yes! YES!!

    I also like my local "Boys & Girls Club" The local public radio station & the local small museum!
    2278 days ago
    2278 days ago
    Oh please! It's a zoo out there! Animals actually act better. LOL Thankfully, there's a little thing called the internet and these days that's how I do most of my Xmas shopping.

    I think giving to charity is a great idea! Might do that for my sister & bro-in-law this year. They never seem to like the funky stuff I usually get them anyway. LOL Thanks for the idea!
    2303 days ago
    Remember the very first Cabbage Patch Dolls? Well, if your my age you will remember. Anyway, people were the same. Even running down toddlers just so they could get the newest rage. And I though they were the ugliest dolls. I hear you loud and clear!
    2305 days ago
    You had me at the title!!! emoticon
    2305 days ago
  • IRISH813
    Very well said!!!
    2305 days ago
    You are not alone! I haven't had the Christmas spirit in years, and I do not think that it will be any better this year. It just seems that the true meaning of Christmas has been lost. Folks tend to worry more about shopping for the best deals than they to celebrate the reason for the season.

    I have a very short to buy for list, and I mean VERY short! I am very cautious about donating to charities, just because my mother worked for a nationally recognized charity in the accounting department & actually saw where most of those donations when. I have been known to "adopt" a child from the local children's home, or something along those lines.

    We all give in the best way that we can, above all we need to remember the reason!!
    2306 days ago
    you are not alone. stuff seems to be a problem, that will not be solved any time soon, since purchasing stuff is such a big part of our GDP.
    2306 days ago
    Well said!
    2306 days ago
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