Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Stuff or Truth?

Stuff or Truth?

Monday Musings on This ‘N That
(a day late...sorry)

Yesterday’s newspaper contained more retail flyers than it did news sections. Side by side, the stack of flyers was more than twice as thick as the actual newspaper. All the stores have extended their shopping hours, opening earlier and closing later than before Thanksgiving.

Speaking of Thanksgiving, did you shop on “black Friday”? Or on cyber Monday? I read about and realize that on the day after Thanksgiving some stores had super bargains—but super enough to pitch a tent on Monday to be the first in the store on Friday? But, you know what, yesterday’s flyers showed the same stores still have most of those black Friday super bargains.

In this economy when we’re all supposed to be in a bind financially or not employed, people sure are spending money. Or, rather they are spending plastic—credit cards. It wouldn’t surprise me if it may take some shoppers all  next year to pay for what they buy between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

We’ve been buying things this way for a while but it seems this year folks are behaving more materialistic than before. So, shoppers are frantic and racking up staggering debt on stuff.

Well and good if that’s what floats your boat. But it’s so, so obvious that the true meaning of Christmas is again pushed to the end of the line by those who love things more. They behave as if they don’t remember, or maybe never knew, the real meaning of Christmas. That saddens my heart.

Instead of buying Christmas presents for everybody, each of the adults in our little family draws a name of one person to purchase a gift for and we also set a maximum cost to spend. Of course, we all give the children presents. But once they’re out of high school and have a job, their name goes into the hat for Christmas giving. This way we don’t over emphasize buying and giving so much as on the real history of Christmas. We each make a list of several things we’d like to receive so the person who selected our name with have a choice of what to buy as long as they don’t overspend our set maximum cost.

As we compile our wish lists for Christmas, may we remember the words of Dr. Norman Vincent Peale: “The magic message of Christmas is that God gives us so much more than we can possibly give back! He gave the world the greatest gift of all time. ‘For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given (Isaiah 9:6).’”

I hope all of you will have an enjoyable Christmas season of parties, shopping, opening presents, and decorating the tree. And I also hope you receive a gift that will bring a smile to your face and you’ll think of the truth of the season.


Till next time … keep on smiling.

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