Or, is it? When I think about all the nonsense involved in these upcoming holidays, I wonder: what has ever happened to the true meaning of these special times?
Regardless of the holiday you are celebrating, many of us have lost focus and are rushing about to buy the best gift for our loved ones. That, and we have to make sure this particular season that we are getting the best deal possible.
I have many friends who have opted to celebrate the holiday as intended; spiritual, deeply meaningful and visibly lacking shiny new presents spread across the floor. They make sure the kids have something nice, and the adult may have a little rememberence, but this crazy debt that we create just to buy more junk amazes even me. Don't get me wrong; I love shiny new toys, clothes and that special trinket. However, this ridiculous shopping frenzy has been going on for many, many years, and I have no problem exchanging gifts, but don't you think we've gotten a LITTLE carried away?
I mean, people are getting trampled to death at Wal-Mart on Black Friday, just so some idiot can get a good deal on a new TV. Was it worth it? I don' t know. You'd have to ask the family of the employee who died (as a side note, the store reopened 2 hours after the man died so they could still offer the best deals and rake in the most money).
All that aside, what is the purpose of these holidays? Sure, I remember pouring over the toy catalogue when I was a kid, hoping and praying that I would get a pony. Never did, by the way.
During these holidays, reflect on those who cannot find anything to eat, or are freezing to death in their cardboard box. Think of our soldiers who are away from their families and can't afford to make that call. Consider the family in another state, or country who need a goat for milk. Remember Katrina victims who STILL don't have homes. Remember them, and remember those who are much less fortunate than you.
In any case; when you are dashing in the snow, losing your temper because of some idiot in the other car, take a moment to decide. Especially in this economy; is it worth all the anguish, frustration and expense? Kids aside; does the adult in your life really need ANOTHER gadget that he will forget in a month?
Published On: December 16, 2008