Tis the Season, Again
Every year since 2002 I’ve published the following in whole or in part, someday it might sink in. With the economy in the mess it’s in today and the country ready to split at the seams it perhaps means more this season than ever before. Now before you even say it, this is not to be taken as agreement with the “Occupy” rabble. One thing I think almost all Americans can agree on, we are sick of corruption and greed destroying our country. The difference is in the approach as to fixing it. Anyway, here it is, my take on the holiday season, enjoy:
It ought to be a requirement that every CEO must live for a week on a box of mac and cheese, a quart of milk, and a 59-cent loaf of day old bread. Some people become so clouded by their good fortune that they don't understand what it’s like to be hungry, or to watch your child be hungry. Appreciation is an acquired trait.
This Thanksgiving millions of people across the country will join in their thanks for the blessings they have. This Thanksgiving just as many will be forced to bear the financial burden of yet another commercialized holiday season kicking off.
What if we all said "No more"? What if we took the money everyone is about to spend on the holidays, all the millions and billions, and gave it instead to people in need, not the lazy screaming gimmee, gimmee, gimmee, but the deserving that try and just don’t make it? Now there's a holiday for you. Before you start in on me about the detrimental effects that would have on the economy you'd better think first. While the twinkly light companies may suffer, think of the economic impact of millions of people being able to buy things they need. The jewelry companies don't sell as many rings, but thousands of children will have full bellies. Don't even try to tell me there wouldn't be enough money to make a big difference. Some big companies spend more on lights, decorations, and the juice to run them than many people make in a year.
At what point does the celebration fade away to ego? What's more important, having the best-lit house on the block or having the darkest house and the peace of mind you kept things in perspective? For the cost of some holiday commercials and fancy packaging how many people could have better, less polluting cars? How many computer systems could be bought for underprivileged kids or the disabled? All these things lost for a couple of months of pretty lights and half-hearted cheer.
It’s not like I'm asking for the absurd here, if the holiday season is truly about sharing love and happiness, then it should be a lot easier to love if you’re not stressed out over holiday spending, and nothing is happier than a kid with a full belly. It all boils down to a sense of practicality, responsibility, and a proper perspective. I really don't think God is going to gauge his favor based on how many more lights you have than your neighbor. Wander how much favor you would earn by taking that money and giving it to an unemployed family member, or a homeless vet, or a single mom trying to get by?
Maybe this holiday season you should try putting the twinkle in someone's heart instead of on your house.
Maybe we should all also try to be a little less thankful on 1 day and a lot more appreciative every day.
I'll be back soon, enjoy your holiday season