I love Christmas. I love the snow-themed everything, even when I was living in Northern Ontario, and Santa and elves and reindeer and snowmen and candy canes. Yes, I even love the non-stop playing of Christmas music for two months
Most of all, I love getting together with my family and friends. – eating Christmas meals, singing Christmas carols together, gossiping and laughing at each other. It’s tremendous fun. I love my Christmas tree as well.
I don’t love Christmas shopping, or the over consumption, frenzied malls!!!!
Bah humbug! I love Christmas, but the shopping. in malls has got to go. I do a bit of on line shopping & quaint local stores.
I love the idea of giving to people you love, but that idea has been twisted. Now people go out in a mad rush to shop, like ravenous vampires feasting on new blood. We shop for a month, rip apart the packaging one morning, and then forget about it the next day. Is this about giving, or buying?
Again, I’m in love with giving … but do we need to buy to give? We seem to think that buying is the solution to any problem, but that has lead to a society that is deeply in debt and piled high with needless stuff. We can find other ways to give.
Find hope. Christmas has so much potential to be about so much more than buying – it can be a season of hope, renewal, loved ones, inspiration, contemplation. Talk to your family about this – how can we find ways to be hopeful, thankful, cooperative? How can we be more present instead of worried about getting presents?