I think Santa Claus is better than Bigfoot. They’re both hairy, have never been seen, but Santa brings gifts and eats cookies. Bigfoot doesn’t do that.
As was the scene again this year, on black Wednesday, Thursday or Friday, depending on the store, we got to see the greediness that is such a tell tale sign that something has gone terribly wrong with the way we prepare to celebrate Christmas. A local Wal-Mart made national news because two women were trampled by people who were so overcome by greed, they had no concern for the well being of others.
The irony was that every person who was in the store for the first hour, was guaranteed to get the item that drove these people to their madness. In addition, Wal-Mart’s on line store had the very same item, at the same price.
I think too many of us go way too far with gift giving. I like to open gifts as much as the next guy, but I think it’s no wonder that so many of us grow up thinking it’s all about shopping and receiving.
I think giving gifts to the children is a no brainer, as long as it’s not too much. It isn’t about presents. Its about getting together with friends and family, the ones that you actually like and being kind and generous to strangers.
I love holiday traditions. My wife and I, on Christmas Eve, go to one of our favorite restaurants, go home and do some wrapping. All the while, with “A Christmas Story” playing on TV. Then, its off to 7-11, to buy some hot dogs.
Really? Hot dogs? 16 years ago, I didn’t get off work in time to go to a restaurant, and the local 7-11 was the only place open, so our dinner consisted of hot dogs. So, since that day, we always get 7-11 hot dogs for a late snack. Then, we each open what we both know will be pajama bottoms.
I love spending time with my wife. Since our children and grandchildren are scattered around the country, I love to talk with them, as well as with other friends and family. That makes my Christmas. I need nothing else.
We always get one gift for each of the grandchildren, send money to the kids and wait for the pictures of the little ones playing with their toys. Really, is there anything better than the look of surprise and the genuine happiness you see on a child’s face when they open their presents?
I think in the spirit of giving thanks for what we’re really celebrating, the birth of The Christ, it would be a great tradition to give a needy family either a full Christmas dinner or gifts for the kids. How great would that be?
Merry Christmas to you all!
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