Wednesday, November 25, 2009


The sun has been shining so brilliantly over the snow, makes it glitter like a millions diamonds. Now that the U.S. has celebrated their Thanksgiving and had their Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade, Christmas shopping has taken off with a bang this Black Friday. Is it me or has Christmas shopping become a harrowing experience for so many now. Do you know of anyone who actually waits until Christmas Eve to shop anymore? Would there even be anything left on the shelves that remotely resembles items carefully chosen to be on our kid's/grandkid's wish list?? Oh....and lets not forget that most items on those wish lists probably require selling a kidney and if you did that last year, well...selling the other one just to fulfill those dreams means you'll be singing in the choir....the Heavenly choir that is :P Am I the only one who hates the shopping crowds and would rather order online or buy Gift Cards?? Maybe the solution to turn Scrouge isn't such a bad idea after all. Why is it that slowly we are taking the "Christ" out of the season and now only have "Holiday" trees, songs, programs, etc.?? Could this be someone's idea to soothe the guilt of maxing out credit cards and rushing around doing everything BUT enjoying the Season for what is really the reason for the Season?? God forbid we turn this Season into one solely materialistic, rather than about Christ's Birth, Peace on Earth and Good Will Toward Man. God forbid we turn this Season into one solely materialistic, rather than family, giving from our abundance, watching the children perform in Choirs and plays, to sit in a church and reflect on Christ's birth and sing joyous songs that praise Him for all that are near and dear to us.

". . . for it is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, when its mighty Founder was a child himself."
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

"But I am sure I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round -- apart from the veneration due to its sacred name and origin, if anything belonging to it can be apart from that -- as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time: the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow-passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys. And therefore, uncle, though it has never put a scrap of gold or silver in my pocket, I believe that it has done me good, and will do me good; and I say, God bless it!'"
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens


hippo chick said...

Hi Faye,

I am so in sync with you. I hope that Jim and I can really experience the truth of Christmas again this year. Several years ago, we decided as a family to forgo gifts to one another. Each of us takes a charity or family and spends what we would on each other. Gretchen and Brian choose a different charity each year, Paige usually gives her money to Heifer Project and Jim and I have done Christmas for the same family, whose dad walked out and left five children with a terminally ill mom. We have found that doing this helps us put Christ back in Christmas. Not to mention the wonderful gift of worshipping in our church on Christmas Eve. There is nothing we need, much we want, but most of it doesnt' really matter.

You can tell we're a family with no little ones. That might change the way we celebrate.

All that said, I still have a headache thinking of the shopping I need to do. I think much of it will be on line this year as our friends, Bruce and Shelly are still in the throes of recovering from their terrible accident and need much help.

Well, did you expect this long, long reply to your wonderful post?

~hippo hugs~