Christmas Rant...

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    On the radio and TV we're flooded with advertisements using words like:

    "Nothing says "I love you" like the gift of a diamond from Rip Auf Jewelers!".

    TWO problems with that statement. Firstly, a gift of Diamonds (from a man to a woman) doesn't say "I love you" it says "Sleep with me, and you'll get pretty things!". Secondly - Commercialism has flushed Xmas down the toilet. Christmas is NO longer about "Giving" it is about "Buying." Subtle difference, but it's spot-on.

    We are encouraged to BLOW money on gifts for people. Hell, gifts are no longer given out of LOVE, but given out of DUTY. (hehe...I said...dooty..)

    Kids - being a parent I'm taken aback by how GREEDY we make our kids. Show a kid something cool and what's their reaction "I WANT that!"

    Well, excuse me, but who the hell CARES what you want kid? Kids sit around and draw up lists of ALL the crap they want - never mind the thousands of dollars worth of FOOD I feed them. :)

    This year, I've got my kids working on a list of crap they can GIVE - and NOT a list of crap they WANT. You want new barbies? Then give some of your current barbies to SOMEBODY who doesn't have ANY. You want MORE hotwheels? How about Daddy go up with a shovel and clean out the POUNDS of cars you no longer play with?

    Folks - Parents especially - it's incumbent upon us to TEACH kids and our peers to STOP being such selfish bastards and be CONTENT for pete's sake.

    For Darin's sake. For the sake of MY health, ENOUGH with companies trying to EARN money, by taking MY money. I left out 'hard-earned' because the hardest part of my job, on a typical day, is getting out of bed at 5:15am.

    Anywho - this Christmas, do what it takes to NOT feed a kids ego. Trust me, your kids do NOT need more 'self esteem'. Your kids need three things from parents: Physical and Spiritual and Emotional nourishment. IF you love your kids, you will spank them when it's called for. IF you love your kids, you will instill in them compassion for their fellow man, but enough wits to know when their compassion is being taken for granted. Give your kids a sense of God. Of something BIGGER than themselves...a sense of purpose. One of the greatest failures a parent can have is to NOT teach their kids that some things are worth fighting, and DYING for.

    There's NO better time than now - as we approach Christmas and Hanukkah. No, Not kwanza because kwanza is NOT a real holiday.

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    Good post!

    But!
    Weren't you one of the people who was pitching a hissy last year because retailers weren't involved in the commercialization of your religious holiday because they weren't displaying "Merry Christmas" signs?
     
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    No. Don't think so. My feeling on that is this: Businesses are in business to make money - not validate Christmas. I think it's STUPID when businesses are AFRAID of saying 'Merry Christmas' - so it bothers me to some extent...but I don't pitch hissies about it. :)

    If you thought I was, then good call, for calling me out on it, even though the part of my rant you quoted has NOTHING to do with how I feel about retailers ENDORSING or otherwise proclaiming "Christmas" as opposed to "Holiday". The part you quoted speaks to Businesses CAPITALIZING on Christmas; Promoting the 'consumer' mentality - to a fault - in society.

    When my dad was a kid "Gift Giving" on Christmas was neat and nice, but there was NOWHERE NEAR the focus or push seen today.


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    You must be talking about the good ol' days when a tangerine was a suitable stocking stuffer...:)
     
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    :D He was..yup. Said one year his family (below the poverty levels) got a fruit basket from their church, for xmas. He was 7 or 8? was the first time he'd tried a banana. :)
     
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    I understand what your saying and having your kids give to others is a great way to make them think about how much things cost and what others might really want/need.

    This year instead of them just getting they have to buy gifts for each other in the $5-6 range. We actually took 5 kids (my niece also) into Toys-R-US, split up and found some great gifts for them to give. They were looking at prices and talking about what the others might want. IT was probably one of the funnest times I've had in that store.
    Then, just for fun, we drove through some sub-divisions and looked at the lights while singing Christmas carols. Embarrassed my 13 yr old to death, but he finally got into the spirit towards the end.
     
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    I agree with Darin. I would love a holiday season where we didn't get hit up by every business on Earth to buy stuff for people.
     
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    To all of you with little ones, this worked well for me and my kids still do this. When they got around 4, (an age where all sorts of toys really are 'outgrown' but still in good shape; did you every notice that Fischer-Price and Little Tyke stuff have longer half lives than plutonium?); at the end of November, beginning of December I told them that Christmas was coming, (like they didn't know from the commercials :shocked: ), and their playroom needed some cleaning up and there were many boys and girls that never could get the kinds of toys they had. So, why don't we go through the toys that they had loved, but no longer played with? They did. Then they noticed that some were kind of dirty. Down in the basement we went-with soap and water and shorts and t-shirts! They cleaned the toys-water and soap everywhere, with Christmas songs playing.

    Well that first year, we took two mini-van loads of toys to a church that would distribute 'gently used toys' to children. We did the same with their outgrown clothing, (at this time they had very good clothes, I'm nearly ashamed to say). We washed or had them dry cleaned, then bought new hangers special for children's skirts, pants, blouses, etc. We bought bags for sweaters and new socks to put with boots and shoes. That way, even 'old' looks special.

    There was a food drive in Chicago when they were little, where you could drive up the Mag Mile and drop off your donations. Of course here in the burbs, every church was collecting for the same pantry, but driving to the city was 'special.' We drove into the city every year. ;)

    Last weekend my 'kids' now my two oldests, now in their 20's had everything together for their annual pilgramage, I think they really like this as much or more than their shopping, even though it's not 'big' like we used to do. They both had bought some new 'toys' for the Marine's Toys for Tots, since we have run out of Little Tykes stuff. :laugh: The 'youngest', away at school, chaired the Toys for Tots drive at his university.

    They learn what we teach them. God bless you all for caring that your children get beyond selfish!
     
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    It's a parent's responsibility to embarrass their kids, enforceable by law.
     
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