I am totally appalled by the materialism pervading the
holiday season.People are camping out
in front of big box stores just to get in line to buy a t.v.While I appreciate a good deal, I just am
surprised by the amount of effort people will put in to buy presents, things,
stuff.That people will actually bite,
claw and grab in order to get a toy, a video game or similar item.Totally blows my mind.What are we focusing on? What are the
priorities we are teaching our children, our society as a whole?
Perhaps I have a bias against “stuff” as the adult child of
a hoarder; it hasn’t brought any happiness or joy to me.Stuff doesn’t fill the gap created by trauma,
pain or abuse.Stuff doesn’t love us or
care about us and in many instances can cause destruction in families.
There are simple pleasures that I enjoy about Christmas and
the holidays.I love seeing the pretty
lights and decorations. I enjoy decorating my own tree and house.I enjoy a fire in the fireplace and some hot
cider.I like seeing the stockings hung
up on the chimney.I enjoy finding a
unique gift that will surprise and delight the important people in my life. I enjoy putting up the nativity scene and
attending a candle light service.Spending time with friends is also an enjoyable aspect of the holiday
season.Simple can truly be sweet.