As December approaches and the temperature lowers, so does my patience with television, radio and any other medium that spouts out Christmas commercials like a popcorn maker on steroids. Do I hate Christmas? Not really, but I can’t stand what it’s become. A holiday where everyone is expected to blow their last cent and max out their credit cards on lavish gifts, giving everyone a commerialized buzz on Christmas morning, and a deficit hangover that lasts well into February or March.
Actually, it’s nice to give your loved ones gifts, and to receive them. I just wish to God it wasn’t driven down our throats every time you look up from your whatever it is that you’re doing. I just don’t understand why there aren’t more commercials about the real meaning of Christmas. If memory serves me correctly, Christmas is a christian holiday that celebrates the birth of Christ. Now where does a fat, gift bearing, cookie shmooozing, do gooder fit into that? He doesn’t. Just a figment of some long gone, greedy toy salesman’s imagination, turned into a modern day egg nog fuelled shopping frenzy.
What makes me the angriest is this blown-out-of-proportion holiday reaches the four corners of the earth. And when I think about the millions of poverty-ridden children out there who will get nothing for Christmas, my blood boils. I know I’ve blogged about this in the past, but it needs to be repeated. The ones who really need a gift the most will never get it. And how does that make them feel, I wonder? That Santa only likes wealthy and middle class kids? That they must have been naughty somehow? That they don’t deserve presents? No wonder there’s so much hatred in the world.
This year, when you’re out buying gifts for the family, drop something in a box for the needy. Make a donation of some kind. With any luck, it’ll reach the hands of a child that really needs a gift on Christmas morning. If every kid out there could have a merry Christmas, maybe the world would be a better place. And maybe I could stop bashing Santa Claus. Bah, Humbug!
Give a Christmas gift that lasts, a good book. Like one written by me! Just click on the link and thanks eh! And Merry Christmas….(Oh how it pains me to say that…) http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=The+Vision+Jason+Lawson