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In anticipation of the holidays
Here it comes again, jingle bells! Oh, how I dread the sound and the xmas music over and over everywhere I go. It makes me cringe and the humbug within grows. The purpose of all the celebration is only the marketing of useless goods to increase purchasing by consumers. Of course, the emotional attachment of religion works very well for those who want to feel that they are good people and who doesn’t?
I wasn’t always this way, I had a traditional Catholic upbringing and sang in the choir and belted out ‘O Holy Night’ with the rest of the zombies, but after taking Marketing in College figured it out economically. It took years and life’s circumstances, and of divorce driven poverty for a time, to realize that all cannot afford to buy gifts for everyone, even if they want to. So, I had to learn to not give, and that was hard with small children. They were never happy with what they got and perhaps still blame me for being cheap when I had nothing and no one to help. If only they knew how hard it was for me to keep food in their mouths in those days. How many young mothers are going through that today? It ruined any holiday for me permanently.
One of the most aggravating sounds of xmas is the Salvation Army ringing their bells at the doors of the department stores. I always give a few dollars but only, if they are not ringing that annoying bell when I pass. I love to give but on my terms out of an overflow of my good, not because I have to… I give useable items all during the year.
The stupid useless gifts we buy each other are usually trashed and the money wasted. We feel sometimes that we have to give something and just grab anything we can. These days I make out checks to family who don’t understand, so as not to appear to be a complete Scrooge. I don’t know what you want for xmas and you probably don’t either so why waste the money just because bells are jingling?
We can give all year long and I do, and it’s kind of cruel to tell a kid who wants something in July, to wait for Santa, in December. Lying to kids about Santa is another peeve of mine. Why imbue a sense of entitlement onto children. We could be teaching them to earn what they get, as they will have to do when they grow up.
What is good about xmas is that it comes at a cold, dark sometimes snowy time of year when we need an uplift, spiritually. Lack of sun is often depressing for some. So the holidays pop a false sense of happy into the mix and help us through the month until the bills come in January and taxes soon after. I think the pagans first had a winter solstice holiday that the Christians, especially the Catholics, capitalized on. It filled their greedy coffers and created special shows or masses to perform on xmas to reaffirm their faith. Christ wasn’t even born on December 25, but what the heck, it was the right time of year to perk up the faithful. Most people fall for it hook, line and sinker and if it turns up their good feelings about themselves, it works for them, fine. I am not one of those followers anymore, I’ve had enough forced on me already. I was the cooking slave in the kitchen who got nothing in return. The Marketing degree opened my eyes to what a Return on Investment was (ROI) and now I know better. I am very generous, on my terms and I don’t care anymore what people think when I don’t send cards or gifts of food to anyone who sends nothing back and aren’t in very much contact all year long. This economy needs a boost, so go out and buy something you can use and enjoy giving to those who need. Do what makes you happy, by the way, Happy New Year! (That’s a good story)