"The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left." Ecclesiastes 10:2
….. the National Retail Federation announced that it expects “sales in the months of November and December to marginally increase 3.9 percent” over last year, slightly above the past decade’s average. …. “the average holiday shopper will spend $737.95 on gifts, décor, greeting cards and more, two percent less than the $752.24 they actually spent last year.”
That either means that Americans are going to make up for what they don’t spend on gifts with more everyday purchases, or that there was a serious two-week decay in prospects for the final two months of the year. I’d say the odds are with the latter. here
Personal Declaration: Christmas is NOT gifts and purchases. Granted, it has become that — a day (which has transformed into a week) for Federal workers to receive paid vacations; most offices and business Closed and those adored trips to Grandma’s house, with hours spent cooking and listening to kids complain they didn’t “get everything they wanted”. (yawn) But . . . . it should not so be.
This is one day set aside to remember the Gift God sent to His fallen world. It’s not a ‘holy day’. Not a day we should be giving and getting gift . . but that is also what it’s become.
Christmas is now a ‘holiday’ who’s name we’re practically forbidden, by the insanity of Politically Correct Liberals, to even say. No more “Merry Christmas!” resounding through the air — it’s “offensive” to a few. No more Christmas carol’s … except during any months not beginning with ‘December’ (true in New Jersey). No more ‘Christmas trees’, but holiday trees. Christmas party’s are Winter Party’s. No more multi- colored or red lights, since that says ‘Christmas’, which we can’t say!
But, back to reality. Christmas has become all about sales, sales and more sales. Merchants wanting, and needing, to end their year on the uptick. OK, I understand that and the commercialization of Christmas. Don’t like it, but that’s the way it is. And thank to the absolutely undisputed still- in- the- dumpster- economy that Barack Obama and the Democrats have given American, another poor economical Christmas season? Probably.
But Americans seem to still want the ‘Christmas of old’ . . . with the dreams of a “white Christmas”, dinner at Grandma’s and gifts under the tree. Possibly even a few carolers and a Golden Retriever with a red bow. These things are warm and comforting and bring back childhood memories. Not so with Winter Solstice parties and “holiday trees” with kids singing Beyonce’s “Baby Boy” or “Colt 45” by something or someone going by ‘Afroman’. But that would please the politically correct crowd. . . . and that seems to be what Christmas has become all about.