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November 23, 2007

bethlehem-star.gifTryptophan, the new Advil PM. Love that stuff! How did you all fare?

I learned this year that Thanksgiving isn’t as much about being Thankful as much as it is about what you can get for a “great deal” the day after Thanksgiving. I noticed there was nothing on television this year that made any suggestions toward being thankful. Everything was about the preparation for the Biggest Shopping Day of the year.

Thanksgiving is all about the almighty dollar!

I chose not to participate in the day after shopping frenzy. Nothing, at all, against those of you who did. I possibly would have had I had money to do so 😀 I spent the day with my family, soaking in the goodness that they are…extending the reasons why I am so thankful!

So, now on to Christmas! Tonight my daughter and I went into Starsucks, I mean…Starbucks for some of their new season blend that Brent wanted. I walk up to the display to find there are 2 to choose from…A Holiday Blend and a Christmas Blend. Upon closer look I realized there were no visible differences in the description. Both have a sassy bold taste, or whatever. So I asked my neighborhood friendly “Barista” what sets the Holiday and Christmas Blend apart? “Oh nothing. Zippo. They’re both the exact same blend. We’re just being “politically correct”” To which I respond, “Oh. Then I will be correct in choosing the Christmas Blend please.” 😀

Last year our Target Store employee’s could not say Merry Christmas. They were only allowed to say Happy Holidays. If you don’t believe in Christ then what does it matter? Who cares!

Do you think things like these are a bit extreme?

Is it really necessary?

Why or why not?

How will it effect you and what part will you play in it?

11 Comments leave one →
  1. November 24, 2007 9:14 am

    WOW, some very intense questions and I will come back and answer them after I think about it a while..but I can tell you that I have wanted to try AdvilPM but still have excedrin PM to finish. Political correctness makes me crazy! Seems to only really be correct when it benefits another cause…mmmmmmdo not get me started! Love ya..missed my fill in friday…first my BLT stopped, and now please tell me that fill in friday will come back..:)

    I completely forgot Fill-in-Friday! Int he midst of vacation and all the busyness it just slipped. I thought about doing an “I Suck Saturday” 😯

    I also take 4mg of Melatonin. Works very good! I’m not supposed to take it with ym low immune system but sometimes ya gotta do whatcha gotta do!

  2. November 24, 2007 9:50 am

    I will love “I suck saturday”…LOL

  3. November 24, 2007 11:03 am

    Everything against God and Christianity is extreme. I think what we do with it is what’s important. Jer and I every year since we’ve been together have participated in the Friday madness…yesterday was no exception. There have been plenty of years when we had zero money, but we use it for a ministry opportunity. Little things…smiling at someone who is obviously wrapped up in the material rather than spiritual, giving up the parking spot, saying Merry Christmas every chance we get…even taking time to ask kids about their dreams while they stare at the bazzilions of worthless toys. By showing Christ to people while they are so focused about things that don’t matter, we hope it plants the seed of what it really is about. I LOVE to smile at grumpy people…they don’t know what to do….it reminds me that regardless of how bad things get, on TV, in the news, or around us it’s more important to reflect than respond. We can’t imagine what some are going through…first year after the death of a loved one, just found out they have an illness and it could be their last Christmas, sick kids…the list goes on…We need to be the hope just like any other time. How will it effect me? Like it does any other time of year…just makes me want to draw closer to Him and then let Him shine through. As long as I keep my perspective and heart right it doesn’t bother me what the world is doing….it’s a great time to witness.

    Perfectly said! Amen!!!

  4. November 24, 2007 1:26 pm

    We don’t get Thanksgiving here in Blighty which I am thankful for. *baddum tish* Instead we have the Christmas Sales that started this year in October. The materialism of it all sickens me. As you know I’m no Christian but why not ease back of the hard sell?

    I’m right with you Hov! It just gets old and pointless after awhile.

  5. November 24, 2007 2:25 pm

    Do you think things like these are a bit extreme?
    Is it really necessary?
    yes, to the world
    Why or why not?
    the world is for the here and now…things eternal mean nothing to people looking at the all mighty dollar
    How will it effect you and what part will you play in it?
    every year we do less and less commercialized stuff.
    we focus on the christmas advent. lately I’ve been thinking about holidays VS holy days. should we only celebrate holy days, like the ones in the OT?
    what if sunday is the onyl holy day considered by God? then we celebrate every sunday and only sunday.
    ok, i guess this is long enough for my own post….hmmm.

    You should do a post on this too. I’d love to see more of your thoughts on this subject! I love the term Holy Days! Isn’t that where Holiday derived from int he first place?
    xoxox, kristina

  6. Jason permalink
    November 24, 2007 5:25 pm

    I think it’s really funny, because the fact of Christmas occurring during a time of year in which Christ could not possibly have been born is in fact power marketing, or as Frogdog correctly put it, the hard sell by early Roman Catholic bureaucrats trying to catch the pagans in a mentally pliable state after their solstice bender.

    I certainly love occasions in which people get together, because that gets harder and harder, and I have wonderful Christmas memories from my childhood and I am hoping to pass some warm memories of this time on to my children somehow. But as Christ draws me closer, I have a more and more rotten taste in my mouth over the deluge of superficiality, and how, at times, I find myself falling for it.

    Ya know, now that I think about it – I don’t remember all this hoopla when I was a kid celebrating the Holidays! We spent a ton of time together as a family, extended family as well, weeks prior to Christmas even. Lots of food, lots of games, music. Although we didn’t have Christ in our Christmas while I was growing up. But I tell you, we had a lot more family time…hmmmm…

  7. November 24, 2007 8:54 pm

    oh i love this post Tam. You are so precious! Keep us updated on your house.
    You are so right on the shopping stuff…since I work in retail I know how RUDE people are the day after thanksgiving. It is CRAZY!!

    I love what Gods Gal does – goes out of her way to make people smile, catching them off guard with a kind word. The cool thing with her is she does it totally out of love – that makes a huge difference too!

    Jenny, how do you respond to rude customers?

  8. November 25, 2007 12:27 am

    I stay faaaar away from the stores on the day after Thanksgiving! Though yeah, it helps that I don’t have any money, either. 😉

    I don’t really get into all the materialism. As for whether people say Christmas or “holidays” … it’s all a bit ridiculous, isn’t it? Especially when something like 85% of Americans do celebrate Christmas. I’m not offended if someone wishes me a Happy Hanukkah, or Happy Ramadan for that matter, so I don’t get why people would think “Merry Christmas” is offensive.

    I’ve thought the same thing too Faith – not be offended by someone wishing me Happy Hanukkah or anything else. Why would I be? Iy really is no big deal. December 25 th may not be Christs exact birthday, like J said, but it is the day that we remember his birth. It will always be that for me, a celebration for Christ. No one can take that away. Period.

  9. November 25, 2007 5:12 am

    Things of political correctness are extreme, and seem to be putting every one in box. I have never been offended by others religious rituals..example, jewish, african, korean…you get the point. I also sign my Christmas Cards “happy HOLY days”…I just wonder why all the ones who have a problem with this don’t offer to work instead of taking the paid holiday, and why participate in Christmas at really just seems like political correctness has its own hidden agenda. Great post…and maybe you will post more and expand on this topic. 😉

    Good point Darla – about the offended offering to work instead of taking advantage of the Holiday they don’t approve of.

    Expand? I’ll try 😯

  10. November 25, 2007 6:08 am

    Definitely too much commercialism. I joked with my husband the other day that by the time our children are grown and have children that the stores will start putting out Christmas stuff after the 4th of July instead of Halloween.

    I like Deb’s response. As I read it I thought how that is being in the world but not of the world and letting her light shine.

    Blessings in Christ–

    It is getting harder and harder every year to remain focused on the reason we celebrate. With all the distractions one can easily get caught up in it. And all the money we spend too…I don’t think Christ would want us to get in debt just to celebrate His birth – it’s kind of silly.

  11. November 25, 2007 8:33 pm

    Hey # 7!!

    I made you a promise a short time ago!

    I just Kept it… 🙂

    See my most recent blog post (All Welcome) and be prepared to be a teeny bit envious of my ‘good fortune’ (For which i am amazingly Thankful EVERY DAY – we don’t have a special one day Thanksgiving in this part of the planet).

    And i apologise in advance if my post makes you a teeny bit ‘homesick’ – Forgive me? 🙂

    Hi ALL – sorry if i have missed my friends lately but i’ve been busy out getting a life again 🙂

    Time for more of a ‘balance’ for me – i think!


    Love! Nice to see half your face again 😀 Missed ya! Glad you’re back.

    I was commenting on your post while you were over here! Shame on you for making me so sad with those pics! I am freezing cold right now. My fingernails are even blue – I sooooo need a nice warm beach right now!

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