Wednesday, November 21, 2012

During The Holiday Hurrying & Scurrying

It doesn't seem, at least in terms of retailers, that there is any other holiday except Christmas. Working for a toy company, I'm in the big box retail chain stores a lot.  Before Halloween had even arrived, K-Mart was already playing Christmas music.  It's a bit disconcerting to walk in and see ghosts and goblins but hear "O Holy Night" coming out over the sound system.All of the stores had Christmas decorations and artificial trees up before we even got to November.

Thanksgiving is irrelevant as they have even moved "Black Friday" up to the Thursday of Thanksgiving in the hopes of getting a jump on their competitors (despite the fact that the competitors are doing likewise).  People will be camping out to get the "hot" electronics and toys.  That always amazes me.  The only thing that could get me to camp out was if they had an internal organ that a loved one needed to live - and not the latest, newest product from Apple.  The news will have stories of police being called in, of people getting hurt to get an inexpensive waffle iron or cheap towels (as happened in some of the stores last year).  Instead of taking time to be thankful for what we have, we scramble and fight for things we don't even really need. People will spend lots of money they don't have for things they don't need and won't want by the time the next latest and newest one comes out.


Amidst all the hustle and bustle that is to come with the holiday season, we get so caught up in finding the "right" gift for loved ones that we don't even spend time with them. Take time to truly be thankful this year. And as you are spending time with your family, remember those who are without one.As you are out doing your shopping this year, please take time to think about those children around the world who want only one gift: a loving family.

Please, please remember them in your thoughts and prayers.

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