the holiday spirit
A couple months before Crapmas some people get excited for all the holiday spirit and all the joy, is it just me or has this dwindled a little bit every year? Granted, I’m not an expert on this particular holiday but I’ve watched from the sidelines for a while. Has it always been so commercial and greedy? I don’t remember it that way.
The first time I really remember hearing about the whole holiday cheer getting a little out of control was the Tickle Me Elmo insanity when people were willing to push other people out of the way to get the stupid little doll. Is it just that I was raised a Jew that this screams “mental illness”? Who does that?
Then the incident on Black Friday in Walmart where the employee was trampled to death. This was not just a few people who desperately wanted to get in that store and save a few dollars but a stampeed of people, people that didn’t notice they were crushing the life out of a guy beneath them.
It’s not just the shopping, the way it seems to me the drivers get ruder and and just in general people are meaner everywhere I go. I dread this time of year because to me it feels like there is a black cloud over us and doesn’t clear up until after the new year.
If I had my way I’d get rid of the whole holiday and suggest that maybe we could all just get gifts for people when we felt like it, any time of the year. If I had it my way we’d get together more often in a big group, just have some good food and talk and even laugh a little maybe. If I had it my way the whole required gift giving would cease and desist. I would make life and everyday to be about just making each other happy. Hey, maybe even once and a while making ourselves happy.