Friday, December 19, 2008

This Christmas will be a difficult one for many individuals and families. Some have lost jobs or businesses. Some might be struggling with ongoing financial issues like serious debt or are feeling the pinch of having lived over their means.

Commercials on TV want us to feel that we're not really "doing" Christmas unless there are diamonds under the tree or a shiny new car in the driveway for us. Really? Is that what the holiday season is all about? How about sharing a good meal with friends or family? What about the perfect, gentle snowfall that makes you feel like you are inside of a snow globe? The peace the comes when all the candles are lit at a religious service and there is a hush over everyone gathered together in the perfect, warm candlelight?

If you are feeling pinched this holiday season, check out these articles. Most of all, let's remember everything we have, even if it's not what we think we deserve. Family. Health. Opportunities. Friends. New chances. Memories. Simple pleasures. The beauty around us.

Pause. Take a deep breath--and remember what the season is all about.

Happy Holidays to you and yours.


Erin aka Conscious Shopper said...

I read somewhere recently that even though the economy is kaput, donations to charities are way way up this holiday season. Funny how a financial crisis can remind us what's really important - things like spending time with family like you said, but also organizations that do good for our communities.

ChicChick said...

Amen to that, Erin. Giving back is so important, not only just around the holidays but throughout the entire year. I truly think that those that give receive a benefit far greater than they could have ever expected.