Merry Christmas to all....

Working retail, you see things at Christmas that make you find humanity somewhat lacking. People fighting over sales items, bickering while in line, complaining about the smallest thing. These things get worse every year it seems. The other day, December 21st, our stores visual team began taking down the christmas decorations. I was appalled. They were in such a hurry to put them up in October, wouldn't you wait until at least the day AFTER Christmas to take them down? I began to think about the correlation of the rush to Christmas (marketing) and the quick (early) removal of the decorations (props). 

 

When I was a kid, stores employed people who would work overnight after Thanksgiving day to decorate for Christmas. The same people would work overnight after New Years Day to remove the decorations. This kept Christmas in a limited time frame, and it kept the holiday by itself. Now, we start seeing decorations before Halloween, and they're gone two days before Christmas which dilutes the holiday to a marketing gimmick. People feel pressured to buy things, even if they don't need it. The whole "buy more, save more" culture comes into play and the sales kick in.

 

The guilt buttons start getting pushed early. "Get your child his (or her) one wish this holiday season", or "Don't forget your wifes deepest christmas wish" make you push to obtain one or more high priced, hard to get items that are the "hot" gift items of the year. Besides Valentines day, Christmas is also one of the most jewelry related days of the year as many choose to propose under the lights of a Christmas tree. All these expectations, ads, sales, and rushed holiday endings lead to stress on the human psyche. Is this really what Christmas is about?

 

I have but one wish for Christmas this year....return. 

Return to the old ways of Christmas, back when it was a holiday, not a sale.

Return the men and women abroad in the service of their country home to their family and friends

Return to the days when Christmas wasn't just a day, but a living thought of generosity all year round.

Return...not quite as simple as the word sounds, but something worth hoping for. I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happier New Year. I also wish you all the peace, love, and happiness that you can take. As always remember those who can't be home for the holidays. Keep them in your thoughts. 

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Comments (21)

  1. rebecca2013

    and keeping you in my thoughts too….. Feliz Navidad!!

    December 24, 2016
    1. timholzbaur

      December 25, 2016
      1. rebecca2013

        December 25, 2016
        1. timholzbaur

          Nice! Hope you had a great one!

          December 27, 2016
          1. rebecca2013

            it was nice…. not great being that I just lost Momma but It was good!

            December 28, 2016
            1. timholzbaur

              Always here to yak…..

              December 28, 2016
            2. rebecca2013

              you are a good soul mi amigo!! gracias!!

              December 28, 2016
  2. WalkinOnSunshine

    Your post is absolutely right on! Merry Christmas to you as well

    December 24, 2016
    1. timholzbaur

      Thank you.

      December 25, 2016
  3. willsblog

    Who is it that supports spending and greed? Who is it that advocates for expensive gifts? I’ll give you a hint, Jesus was homeless.

    December 24, 2016
    1. timholzbaur

      A valid point sir. Merry Christmas.

      December 25, 2016
  4. Munkyman

    SO this year I heard a commercial that made me laugh. We have a local jeweler who every year is pushing us guys to buy our ladies diamonds… this year they ran a commercial urging women to buy their gents a gift, they suggested some leather bracelet. Oh, I am certain it wasn’t cheap, but it also wasn’t diamonds or even a watch. So much for equality.

    December 24, 2016
    1. timholzbaur

      Pfft. Equality. Merry Christmas my friend.

      December 25, 2016
      1. Munkyman

        Yeah equality my hairy a$$, an over priced leather bracelet after 20 years of diamonds. FFS

        December 25, 2016
  5. noahbody

    Amen my friend! Return to the days of the holiday and not the sale. God bless and Merry Christmas to you!

    December 24, 2016
    1. timholzbaur

      Thank you Tony. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

      December 25, 2016
      1. noahbody

        Same to you Tim.

        December 25, 2016
  6. macabre360

    Yes I feel the same. I too was in retail a few years. I feel where ya comin’ from. I miss the warmer times as well. Its really sad to say, but I think that we went well past the point of no return long ago. In spite of it all I still make it a point to tell about the spirit of it all to my wee ones. If for nothing else. Just so they know there is a spirit. That in turn in some small way helps them feel it. Judging by the something like solemn look on their faces after a story or so. Well I can only hope that to know is to feel. And to feel is to be. After all it is the spirit that money can’t buy. Therefore not only priceless but free. Merry Christmas Tim.

    December 24, 2016
    1. timholzbaur

      Merry Christmas to you and yours good Sir. Keep that spirit alive.

      December 25, 2016
      1. macabre360

        Thank you Tim. And indeed when it comes to spirits, Well you know me… (-:

        December 25, 2016
  7. shadowstarz

    Unfortunately, many do not recall the real ‘reason for the season’… whatsoever.

    December 25, 2016