The Christmas of 2010 is just around the corner and some may be having a rough time this year. Joblessness has visited many households this year and it could be tough to think that your traditional gift giving may not take place. I think we need a 12-step program to break our addiction to a material driven holiday season. Every year we see images of people camped out in the parking lot of retail stores so they can be first in line to get the hot new toy or electronic item to place under the Christmas tree. If that is out of the question this year, so be it.
Put a bow around the day itself. Break out an old game that everyone can participate in. Find a neighbor or friend and swap some prior gifts and give them to each others children because they will be new to them. Be thankful for whatever you have because a safe place to stay, warm meal to eat and a family that is together are the best gifts of all.
If you are fortunate enough to be safe, well and employed, then give extra thanks because you have the greatest gift of all, peace of mind.
D T Pollard