Pageant' this year, all while finding out that the whole 'Christmas Pageant' was performed entirely by volunteers and surprise, surprise none of these god-fearing pundits are willing to volunteer.
Instead of volunteering, these rich idiots would probably rather go to the most expensive store downtown and buy a boatload of whatever they want for themselves and their families and say that they are doing it for "The Christmas Spirit" because the store where they purchased their merchandise is proudly displaying a 'Christmas Tree'. And while the debate about 'christianity' in Christmas rages on, there's always a boatload of shopping and spending going on that no tv pundit seems to want to question. The store says: 'Christmas' and so we Shop, shop, shop!! That's apparently what good christians are supposed do.... just buy stuff. And the truth is that no one really cares if the store has a banner that says 'Merry Christmas' or 'Happy Holidays' because it's just another crappy excuse to shop more. The Church of Consumerism! It's all baloney!
Well, I don't like shopping!! Not only does it cost us our money, our time and our environment, it's also costing us our faith and our dignity and our true character. And I don' t think we have to shop so much to be christian or to celebrate Christmas.
Don't go into debt:
If you want to do something truly Christian this Christmas; Don't go into Debt!! :
The King James Bible: Romans 13:8 - Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.
Two or three months before Christmas, in the fall of every year, usually when the big-kids are going to high school and college, there's a big push by credit card companies to get new customers, and that includes your kids that have just turned 18. The reason they want you signed-up for a credit card by October is because by December, they're hoping you build-up a nice big hunk of debt that you can pay off in smaller payments, hopefully clearing off your credit card just before the next Christmas, so you can run it up again. Credit-card companies make millions, literally, from Christmas debt. Generally speaking, debt is good business for big business, but for the customer it's a con-game. Buying now and paying later in smaller increments with high-interest is a horrible scam that is perfectly legal. Customers paying for goods in debt-installments pay anywhere from ten to a hundred percent or more over the regular cost of an item, whether you're buying a toaster or a car. The installments are sometimes so long-lasting that It's not uncommon that people are left with christmas-debt from items that have either already been used-up, worn out, or outlived their usefulnesss. In other words, by springtime or even summer, you might still be making payments for stuff that you no longer own. Whether it's broken down or already been replaced, or perhaps it's a toy or a video game that the kids simply don't play with anymore, the payments may be there much longer than the thing that you bought.
Too Much Stuff:
More visits means more Malls:
Well, I am here to tell you boys and girls, and you may not believe me. But before there were malls, there was paradise... and then they paved over it so you could have another mall.
STOP SHOPPING! Even if it's only to Give Yourself a chance to Do Something Else:
It's no surprise, and no new idea, that maybe if you spent less time (and money) shopping, then you might be happier in the long run. In fact, you might have time for other stuff that might be more fun or more enjoyable, such as skating, tobogganing or other winter excursions.
Better yet, you might just decide to take a break and have a beer and listen to some nice songs, like a few Christmas tunes, or maybe some interesting song about anti-consumerism.
Or perhaps, if you're truly the religious type, you might even go to church and learn what Christmas is all about.