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Posted October 05, 2014 - 09:27 AM

Wow, now I am really depressed, but I am used to it! Guess I will take another Prosac.

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Posted October 05, 2014 - 09:49 AM

Wow, now I am really depressed, but I am used to it! Guess I will take another Prosac.

Got any to share? Seems like we may all need one.
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Posted October 05, 2014 - 10:38 AM

     Certain Christian disciplines(Catholic, Orthodox, Lutheran and possibly others)began it all with daily masses for various individuals; saints, arch angels, Mary and Joseph, and yes, Jesus. There was a specific day of the Church calendar to say a mass for the Christ; Christ Mass. Eventually, a specifically religious event took on a more celebratory character. What was added was the desire to express generosity and sharing with others. Still an acceptable sentiment.

     Some how, after WW2 I guess I don't want to get into the causes of the subsequent events that led up to the current social mess. It's more complicated than my untrained brain can handle.

     From preteen years, I began to complain to my parents that Christmas with it's elements of Generosity and Thanksgiving with it's honoring of Thankfulness were things that should be practiced all year, not on just one day. I said that for Christmas we should set a limit on the amount of a gift unless it was handmade. The result was they agreed, but then they would continue giving as they chose with my brother behind my back!


          Hallowe'en is a time to teach children that Evil, Demons, Satan, witches and warlocks; all that we have ever been taught that is negative, sinful, undesirable and bad for our wellbeing; is really just fun and worthy of celebration!!! What's up with that?


     Well! Now that we got that out of our system, don't we feel better? Somehow I feel like this was a 12 step program for Misanthropes. (Hi everybody! My name is Rich and I don't fit in with others!)

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Posted October 05, 2014 - 10:47 AM



this is what i thought of when i started reading this thread 

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Posted October 05, 2014 - 09:03 PM

We started celebrating the changes of the seasons when all the commercialism of the "Holidays" got to be too much for us.  Give thanks every day in a quiet and heartfelt way.

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Posted October 06, 2014 - 05:46 AM

NBent-  Never heard that song there!  Sounds more true than you would think..  :(


I've tried to spend a little time with the Grand kids explaining just what the Christmas holiday is truly about.  We are celebrating the birth of Christ and the extraordinary life he lead.  They just think it's about the presents & gifts they will get when I ask them..  Maybe it will sink in someday?     :say_what:   I can only hope..

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Posted October 06, 2014 - 08:59 AM

I too believe that the Christmas season has become too commercialized, and because of that, most people have gotten away from the true meaning of Christmas. Due to the adds on television, we hardly watch TV from now through the end of December, mostly because we don't want to let ourselves get caught up in all of that. We choose to keep our focus on the true meaning of Christmas, and stay Thankful for God giving us his only begotten son. 


In our house, we have the family togetherness as most of you do, and as always, there is more than enough to eat. However, we are always making sure that we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Sure there are gifts that get exchanged, but we never spend more than we can afford, as debt can be another way of ruining the true enjoyment of Christmas.  Our family knows that Christmas isn't about gift giving, so there isn't usually a lot of time spent opening gifts. Most of our time together is spent in giving forgiveness, acceptance, and sometimes reflection, mostly towards the lives that have gone before us who have hurt or touched our lives in so many ways. We also look at our own lives to see where we have come from and where we are headed. We rejoice that we still have the love in our family, and pray for the families who may not be getting together due to hardship.


If Christmas has to be so commercialized, then let's change things by turning it around so that the true meaning of Christmas is represented. Let's wish each other a "Merry Christmas" instead of happy holidays. When you pass someone in a store along the street and they give you the usual, "How's it going, or How you doing", take a minute to stop and tell them about all of the blessing you have in your life, or how God has helped you out this year, instead of just saying good, and walk on by. Somebody come up with an idea as to how to make a board game entitled, "Saving the World" and let it include all of the scripture versus that explain the differences from Heaven and Hell. Design an animated Jesus doll that has prerecorded messages that has answers to so many non-believers questions. Instead of Star Wars collector sets, why not develop sets made to represent Noah's Ark, The mount of Olives, The city of Jerusalem, The Manger scene of where Mary and Joseph celebrated the birth of Jesus Christ, the three wise man with their treasures and camels. the twelve disciples, the cross where Jesus died, Daniel and the lions den, the mountain where Moses talked to God, and the tomb in which Jesus was laid. We need to steer or refocus our next generation of kids from things that were imaginary, to things that are real and more important. If only we could find a way or a link to post on an ipod or cell phone, so kids could text God directly. Or design a video game of God traveling the world fighting evil and conquering the sins of the world. 


Commercialism doesn't belong in Christmas, and it never will. I wasn't going to comment on this thread, but the more I thought about it, the more I felt I must share my belief and opinion. Take it for what it's worth. 

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