As time has come and gone - I’ve watched the tone of various discussions in that little pocket at the website. Some would wonder where all the tension is coming from. Most would give those few a good look that would need not one single word - but ask plenty…. “Where have you been, Moron?” And when all else fails - just wait for the holiday season to arrive. The truth always exposes itself at that time - without failure.
One of the questions posed this week at the website asked if folks were planning on cutting back on their spending for the holidays this year. As I just said - the truth always exposes itself this time of year. This particular question opened the flood gate.
The discussion was absolutely stunning. The rage was ever so present. However - there was no battle. If anything to compare - it was like the size and presence of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Every soul participating fell into perfect sync and harmony with the next. And we all found ourselves standing - together - in agreement - and sharing support.
What developed in that discussion was a dose of medicine that should be distributed all across this nation during this holiday season. I’m bringing my bottle here to share with those that come to read. And I am putting my faith in God to use this post - bringing folks that really need this for support. For what I found in that discussion - was a township of minds and hearts that feel exactly the same as I. And it can only mean there are more feeling the same. So - here goes.
Dwayne and I are not into the so-called Christmas Spirit for 2009. In fact - we want no part of the 2009 Christmas Spirit. Why? Because we can see how Christmas has been hijacked by the Retail World. Let me explain further.
While working on tearing out the wall between the kitchen and living room - we had the television on. Both of us were listening to all the commercials flooding the air waves from all the retail sector with such a disgusting demeanor and message. The commercialism - “You must have this” - “Everything is just Fine” - “Savings! Savings!” (Lie) - “You can’t have a spectacular Christmas without this!”… *COUGH* - *GAG*
All this crap on television from all the retail sector trying to push this lie to us all that - everything is just fine - and we need to go ahead and buy their crap - and we must buy this and that for gifts to give our friends and family. All these ads just filled with pretending there is absolutely nothing terrible going on in this country! And each one having a punch line full of guilt that we should carry if we don’t fall in line and be the good little sheep that the common man is being expected to become in this country - while bending over and taking it with a smile!
Dwayne and I make for a perfect example of a great scenario for why nobody should be falling into this nasty trap. It’s the reason why everybody should choose to stand together and give only one gift to anyone this year - and that would be - Giving the Bird to Commerce in this country.
We live in East Tennessee - without any of our family. All our family lives elsewhere - in other states.
Here’s what we face each year when we prepare to ship gifts for Christmas. The ridiculous prices that have been jacked up on everything. The state of Tennessee has a sales tax of NINE ( 9 ) percent. All the shipping materials. All the gift wrapping supplies. And then - all the shipping costs that have been jacked sky-high.
You see what’s going on here? You see who is benefiting? When you do the math - by far - it’s not even the person receiving the damn gift! And the birth of Jesus has just been used - to suck us right in!!!
Not happening! Not in this household.
Dwayne and I will not be shipping any Christmas packages out to anyone but our Granddaughter - Trinity - the only grandchild with parents smart enough - wise enough - loving enough - and understanding enough - to allow us to be grandparents!
We have decided on a different kind of gift to give all our loved ones - and we are asking the same from them. We will be making donations to various charities - in our area - helping those going through Hell from all this destruction being done to our economy. And when possible - names of family and friends will be attached to those gifts.
When you go to the grocery stores - drop what you can into the donations kitty for whatever charities they are assisting.
When you go to the Malls - DO NOT come to the exit without making sure you have a few dollars to put into the red kettles for the Salvation Army.
Go to your local Utility Companies. Ask the Customer Service Reps to pull up any Delinquent Account and offer to pay that bill - to keep a family from going without heat - electricity - or water. (We’re allowed to send donations in with our electric bills -year round - here in the state of Tennessee!)
Having a Christmas Party at your house - or - where you work? Have everyone bring a Christmas gift to give to Toys for Tots or a local charity.
Have a Cookie Exchange at your house! Have everyone bring non-perishable food items to be taken to a local pantry.
The point is this. The situation in this country has become stupid. That’s just all there is to the truth and reality. And we have so-called human beings in this country - hiding behind various commerce entities - behaving like nothing less than thugs with a bunch of money - confused dispositions - and selfish assumptions that they can name their price and screw us all they want - for any reason - using any means to accomplish that - using our own friends and family to manipulate us with guilt trips!
In reality - they’re such low-life trash that THEY’LL EVEN USE CHRISTMAS TO TO THAT!!!
Dwayne and I will not fill the deep pockets of these sick souls - especially while they continue to destroy the lives of families by cutting jobs for the sake of profits - and selfish, greedy shareholders. We will not allow them to use our friends and family as a means to suck us in - nor will we allow them to manipulate us with guilt trips.
We have friends and family in worse financial shape than us. Why should we allow ourselves to be sucked into all that - to send gifts to those we love - and only end up making them feel shoved into guilt for not sending us gifts - or - shoved into feeling they have to do something they cannot truly financially afford to put themselves through?
Not happening!!! We’re asking all our friends and family to keep Christmas real this year - celebrate with those right there beside you. Keep it simple - put Christmas back in your heart - keep it out of your wallets.
Remove Christmas from the deep pockets of the Greedy Retail Sector in this country!
If you get any of this - if you agree with any of this - I ask one favor of you.
Send the link for this page to those you care about. There are too many of us feeling the same way. I have already discovered it to be fact - from only one discussion in one small part of this country.
You cannot change the circumstances,
the seasons, or the wind, but
you can change yourself."
- Jim Rohn