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Difficult to Concentrate During the Christmas Season


I find it more difficult to fully concentrate during the Christmas season on my writing with all the holiday festivities and commotion.

First, comes Thanksgiving with a spread fit for a king, queen, and a couple of court jesters. Of course, a minute beyond midnight after Thanksgiving Day, the full-blown Christmas season begins to weigh heavy on our wallets and pocketbooks. This phenomenon known as, “Black Friday” not only pilfers cash, but can be dangerous if you jump into the middle of a fray for the year’s most popular toy.  This yearly quest also begins the, ‘my Christmas tree is bigger than your Christmas tree,’ which leads to, “I have more stuff in my yard than you do.”

I don’t want you to get the wrong idea. I love Christmas decorations. In fact, my wife dresses our house to the ‘nines.’  She gets it honestly; her parents at one time could light up southwest Virginia. They started with their Christmas light show over the summer, having it ready to illuminate the skies the first of December. People would travel from miles around to view the spectacle, which I will admit, was a sight to behold.

I’ll leave it there until next week, giving me a chance to recover from “Black Friday” even though I did not participate, not even to buy a gift online.

I hope you have the best week you’ve ever had, and remember we’re celebrating the gift of the Christ child who would save the world with his precious blood!

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Christmas, One Holiday Out of Control!

Boy, its hit and its hit hard. What am I talking about?  The Christmas shopping season of course.

Black Friday, which normally starts the day after Thanksgiving, this year began a week early and as far as I know, is still going on. The saving of a few bucks on any given item brings forth the phenomenon of docile adults turning into savage children. I feel a certain amount of shame when I see the fist fights on television when said childish adults begin to duke it out over the latest widescreen tv.

It seems we’re running a holiday contest on how much we can spend. It started with Black Friday, moved to Cyber Monday and now, we have of all things, “Orange Thursday.” The commercialism of Christmas began years ago, but I don’t believe anyone could have predicted the monster we have created.

How could we take a holiday that was meant to commemorate the birth of a savior, our Lord Jesus Christ, and turn it into a money grubbing free for all? And, don’t think for a moment I’m leaving myself out of the mix. I’m just as guilty of spending too much and leaving the importance of Christmas behind.

We live and learn . . .  hopefully we truly learn.

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