Wednesday, December 17, 2008

The spirit of the season (Kinda R/WP)

Wifey posted this for those of us who left comments on her blog when she was feeling low (you can see the post here). There was another award too (as you'll see if you read the post) but I just grabbed this one to put in here.

It's amazing how a few kind words from a friend can help you feel so much better. Iggy said it best in his post, and I don't think I can say it as well as he did, so if you go here you can read his post and see what I'm trying to say.

This goes right along with what I was trying to say the other day in the post about greed that I ended up deleting. So, maybe now is a good time to try and say it again?

People have lost sight of the meaning behind the holidays. All people care about nowadays is how many presents they're going to get, or how much so-and-so is going to spend on them. They're writing lists with expensive things like games machines on them. Things that not only cost a fortune, but mean nothing. Sure, those things are fun to play on. But how can you say someone was really thinking of you and what you would like if they've just gone out and brought you the games machine you asked them to buy you? You can't! That's the whole point!

Whether you celebrate because of the birth of Jesus, because it's the Winter Solstice, because of the memory of St Nicholas, or for any other reason, the message should be the same. The holidays are about being with family, thinking of others, and being greatful that you're still around to enjoy it for another year.

But it isn't any more, is it? It's all about money, piles of presents, eating sweets until you're sick, and drinking so much you can hardly stand! Don't get me wrong, I'm all for eating the tasty food and - for those who drink - having a few drinks with friends. It's the fact people don't even know the reason they're doing it that bothers me. The fact that the holidays have become so commercialised that people have started to become greedy and forget about anything other than getting the latest high-tech gadget or toy that everyone "has to" have.

What ever happened to just enjoying the company of family and friends? And to buying a gift that you saw and thought of someone? When did it start to become so important to have expensive presents? What ever happened to being greatful if someone spent even as little as 50p on you? When did the world become so greedy?



My Side of the Story! said...

Hey Tori,

Guess what???

You won an another AWARD!!!

I know it's hard to believe, but it's TRUE!

Come on by and get it while it's hot!

(It's two cartoons people giving a hug to one another and it reads, "Words of encoragement award winner")

And trust me when I say, you deserve it Tori!


LadyStyx said...

Very well put Tori. It's possible that the previous post just wasnt in the proper time? I find that sometimes I'll have a blog all written out and it just doesnt look right. I delete it and try it again in a day or so and it just flows....

Oh got another award at Matt's (I's a really cute one too!)

Punkn said...

Well put Tori. Huggsssss

ChicagoLady said...

I agree Tori. People have become much more materialistic than they used to be, and it's very unfortunate. In this day, when so many things are available to so many people, everyone wants to have the newest toy. Here in America, we call it "keeping up with the Joneses." Meaning, if your neighbor gets a new snow blower, you go buy one, not just any one, but a bigger, better one. If you buy a barbecue for the back yard, the neighbor will go get one with more options, etc.

Christmas has fallen into that line, and it certainly doesn't help that it's being thrown in our face in October. I have started to dread all the work I have to do just to get everything done for Christmas. I've never enjoyed shopping much, but Christmas just makes me want to get it done as quickly as possible.

Oh how I wish we could go back to simpler times, when it was the little things that meant so much to everyone.

Tori_z said...

Awww... Thanks! You didn't have to do that though!

Yeah, that's probably it.


Yeah, we have that saying about "Keeping up with the Jones" too. And it's very sad that Christmas has become like that. I too wish we could go back to a simpler time when the little things meant so much to people. And when an orange, a little pack of nuts and a couple of little toys in a stocking were more than enough to make a child happy on Christmas day.