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Topic: Christmas (04/25/05)

TITLE: My Christmas
By karen McLamb
04/29/05


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As I grew up… things then were great. I had all the gifts I ever wanted.
Santa Claus was my thing then, after I turned ten years old. That was it!
I learned later that Dad, and not Santa had brought the gifts for me,
The years of being a child…Now that I have my family, and they have grown up… Christmas isn’t the same. I still love the atmosphere and everyone being friendly, but I have to admit it’s lost some of its gloss. Maybe it’s me…becoming ever more cynical in my old age, but the crass commercialism is positively frightening this year. Have you seen some of the gear the retailers are pushing for kids? Egad! You can’t just get your children a couple of token gifts any more; everything seems to cost a fortune.

I often think back to Christmases past and the fun our kids both must when they were little….. Waiting till I was asleep each night, then getting together there toys, Putting them away in the closet, we really enjoyed doing this for our children. Now all we do is give them a money card, to do there own shopping.
This is great for us as I don’t like crowds and standing in long lines. Today I do my everyday shopping when Holidays, come around, I just don’t like getting caught up in the crowds.
We live for today because tomorrow is not promised to any one of us.
Don’t get me wrong, I love my family, you must live after the holiday, some folks forget about that.
Jesus would not want us to get caught up with the world mess.

Running here and there using up your finances like a fool, I rather just give a small gift today, for the reason we must use our God giving wisdom, to live in this 21st century. I believe we need to focus more on Jesus now, then ever before than on these holidays.
Yes! Keep them happy, but also let them be sweet. The meaning of Christmas from the (WNW Basic Dictionary of American English) December 25, a holiday celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ


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donna robinson05/02/05
I think the problem you touched on wonderfully here is that we find ourselves lost in the cynical message now being plastered on bill boards. But I kept hoping I would see here how you turned it around, how you found a way to give back that went beyond all of this. But maybe it's good you didn't for that would have been the easier read. As it was, I had to deal with my own life and thoughts, was I doing the same thing? This way you left the reader with a chance to examine many things in their own lives. So I think I kinda of like the way you ended it!
c clemons05/03/05
I could understand your sentiment, but it was not an easy read. It went from an article to prose then back to an article. The sad part is to many times even as believer's we allow the cynicism of the world to get in us and not the other way around.