Is anyone else as annoyed as I am by the over the top commercialization of the holidays? Stores opening at 3 am or staying open all night. Give-aways such as laptop computers and deals, deals, deals. Does the future of our capitalist society depend on people spending more money than they have on Christmas?
I'm for simplicity - for several years, I have given few presents. It is about being together with those we love, not how many gifts we give or get. This year I am trying to make most of the things I give or send money to worthy causes, or give money to my children who struggle to get by. How many digital cameras, or fancy kitchen gadgets, or electronic this or that do people need when much of the world struggles just to eat.
Is this what happened to the Roman Empire? Are we so caught up in our own greed that we can't open our hearts to those who need our help?