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Is this the spirit of Christmas?

Hello Friends,

I always wait until the day after Thanksgiving to start decorating for Christmas. As I fished out this incredible ceramic tree circa 1980 that my mom gave me last year, I thought about all the people that were out Black Friday shopping.

When I was a kid, I don’t remember hearing about Black Friday shopping or ghastly news stories of store employees being trampled to death by selfish, monster shoppers.

I remember my mom making gifts & the recipients being thrilled to be given homemade gifts–appreciating all the work my mom put in it.

By the way, here is a picture of the ceramic tree I put up today. Now not only is it homemade but it’s used and old and I couldn’t have been more thrilled to receive it as a gift last year.

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What has changed? Are we all so much more materialistic than we used to be?

I’m disgusted, to be honest. People don’t even wait until black friday anymore, they start shopping elbowing, punching, (and did I hear, this year, shooting) their fellow human beings for more crap they don’t need on Thanksgiving eve now.

With bellies full of undigested feasts, these people–who should be grateful–transform into ungrateful, greedy beasts.

I would remind everyone of the grinch and the story of the Whos down in Whoville…

“And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow,
stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.”

But with the new Grinch movie peddling Honda cars I’m not sure the story holds up anymore. I think we may be broken and have reached the point of no return. Maybe I’m a grinch whose heart won’t grow but I’m pretty sure if we were to give people gifts that didn’t come from the store, we’d be met with crinkled noses and bows stomped into the floor.

What do you think? Is there hope?

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6 thoughts on “Is this the spirit of Christmas?

  1. Well put! I posted on Facebook that I had heard so little about Thanksgiving this year, and the whole month of November seemed to have been spent advertising Black Friday – which started Thanksgiving afternoon! Is it possible to spend a day being grateful for what we have before stampeding to buy MORE stuff?
    PS I read the statistics about how much Americans spend at Christmas – it was enough for the whole world to have clean water to drink for the next 68 years.

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  2. Have you seen the gift catalogs of things you can donate to a poor family in an impoverished country in someone’s name – like a goat, a pair of chickens or rabbits, seeds, water filters, sewing machines for women to earn a living, bicycles for transportation, school supplies, etc? Compassion International and Food for the Hungry are two of the ministries that have those. That’s my kind of Christmas shopping!

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  3. Oh so true, we have been transformed into the give-me generation, we complain and run and spend, spend, spend and can’t wait for it all to be over. We look forward to Christmas skipping right over Thanksgiving from Halloween, one of the worst holliday’s in my opinion.
    We need to slow down and remember it’s about God, people, love and togetherness.
    Very good artical!

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