I don’t observe/celebrate holidays, simply because I don’t feel any one day should be better than all the others because of what a calendar says. I’m not religious, but I don’t begrudge anyone else their beliefs. However, I would like to see more people who state they celebrate the holidays actually live what they say they are celebrating.
It’s consumers who create the fanfare and media frenzy on Black Friday, if people didn’t let their baser instincts take over there would be nothing to report – no fights or stampedes. Imagine if instead we went out of our way to treat each other with more respect than any other time of the year? I wonder how that would feel, would anyone want to tune in to see it?
People go into debt to buy holiday gifts, and stress to get just the right present. I have to ask myself – is it worth it? People line up outside of stores the night before to ensure they can get in for the best “deal”; and are willing to literally fight each other to buy something. What is this teaching our children?
What makes “things” more important than time itself? Rather than spending those hours at a mall, instead do something with each other – something allowing the sharing of ideas and/or thoughts/feelings. Does spending more money than you can reasonably afford to mean you love somebody?
I try not to be a “Grinch”, but I really don’t see the appeal of this season. I’ve had people explain the religious significance, and I think I understand their point of view; but they are not the vocal majority. I think there is something fundamentally wrong if we are willing to go broke to share the spirit of the holidays.