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?