During the holiday season, it seems to be so easy to get caught up in the frenzy of shopping, decorating and for some (not me!) even baking and cooking. News scenes from Black Friday exemplify the mass psychosis many of us seem to experience this time of year.
Granted, all of the above things have to be done, in moderation. Due to a school technology need, I’ve already spent @ $500 on gifts, but that’s about twice what I usually spend altogether. But overall shouldn’t the focus of the holidays be more about enjoying peace, family and friends than trying to keep up with everyone else’s commercial buying power?
Instead of trying if at all possible to get everyone the best, most expensive presents, maybe we should all try to pare down our shopping lists a little. Homemade goodies can be a good gift for teachers and co-workers, and don’t our kids have enough electronic devices to overload the most sophisticated electrical systems? For a fraction of the cost of a DS or Wii, a kid can get the gift of sponsoring a child or animal through a worthy charity.
I’m not suggesting that we stop our current Christmas traditions, just maybe calm down a little. If you want to spend all your money, time and sanity fighting for a parking space at the mall, be my guest. Personally, I’ll be nestled snugly at home with my fiance and son watching “It’s a Wonderful Life.”