12/20/2012 6:00:00 AM Kingman Letter: This year, give like you mean it
We think of the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas as "The Season of Giving," but it appears to have become less about giving to humanity and more about giving to ourselves. Even the bell ringers outside of the major stores have lost a bit of their flare and hardly ring their bells, let alone project the spirit of Christmas. Everywhere I turn, I hear people speaking of how it does not feel like Christmas anymore. A large majority of the blame can be placed on corporations diluting the markets with the latest and greatest gadgets that no one really needs, but we cannot ignore the fact that many of us have given up on the holiday spirit as well.
The simple question of "What do you want for Christmas?" has taken the spirit of giving and transformed it into the spirit of wanting. Those of us with children have especially lost our way by trying to give our children everything they could possibly ask for while feeling bad about the items that we cannot supply to them. We have lost our way and need a shining remembrance of what is important.
One such beacon is the police officer in the news who bought the boots for a man he believed to be homeless. While his example is one that many of us could not repeat in terms of monetary value, the action itself is of meaning.
There are few who do not know someone in need of help. It takes nothing more than a desire to help to assist someone in need. I encourage everyone to forget about themselves for a moment this Christmas, to ignore the vices that relieve us of any spending money, and give someone outside their family a reason to believe in Christmas Spirit once again.
Posted: Thursday, December 20, 2012
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I am constantly reminded why Halloween is the far superior holiday every year from Nov 1 - Dec 26th.
What other holiday has been taken from its roots so violently and so willingly, creating an environment of constant complaining and antagonistic attitudes from imagined "anti-Xmas" boogey-men?
You know who celebrates Xmas like how you should? Christian Africans. No Santa, just Jesus and church.
All y'all need to calm the heck down and celebrate your holiday however you want to. I gave up Xmas long ago because everything about it is not for me. expectations to buy junk, pressure to have some Hallmark channel style magical snow-covered pine tree morning, and the endless commercial parade.... ugh. Pass.
Meanwhile candy, creativity, and social commentary are the top goals of Halloween. What's not to love? You can dress up as anyone you want and if you have a pinata someone might try and whack it with a lightsaber. Mermaids and space aliens hanging out together... awesomeness.