What Makes A "Good" Christmas? *something to think about*

  1. From Ben Stein:

    What Makes A "Good" Christmas?
    Dec. 16, 2007

    I keep seeing in the newspapers that it might not be a "good" Christmas because while visits to stores are up, purchases per visit are down very slightly.

    There is also some fear that it might not be a "good" holiday season because fears about the housing correction will scare shoppers into keeping their wallets zipped.

    I'm fascinated by this, because I have looked through a Concordance of the Old and New Testaments and I do not find the word "shopping" even once.

    I'm not sure when the idea got to be dominant that a "good" Christmas was about total spending, but here respectfully are some alternative suggestions:

    Maybe a good Christmas for this most blessed of nations would be when we as a nation and as communities made sure the homeless had a warm, safe place to sleep.

    Maybe a good Christmas would not be about buying your kids the latest gizmo for listening to obscene lyrics, but about teaching them that if they are fortunate enough to have extra time or extra money, they can help out at the old age home or at the local animal shelter.

    Maybe a good time would not be buying your parents sweaters they will never use, but taking a trip to see them and telling them how much you appreciate that they spent the heart of their lives taking care of you, feeding you, teaching you, putting a roof over your head, warming you with their love and concern.

    Maybe the best time of all would be telling your husband or your wife or love partner that you would be lost without him or her and that you're sorry for the selfish things you did that year, and you'll be better next year.

    Christmas and Hanukah presents rarely fit and rarely are to your taste. They sit in your closet and collect dust forever.

    But gifts in this special, sacred time of love and caring to your family, your friends, and your neighborhood - those are never forgotten. They bring peace of mind for years.

    And I seem to recall from my vanished youth that this is the holiday of the prince of peace, not the queen of diamonds.
  2. Great post, I love Ben Stein.

    This Christmas will be great for me because I'm with my DH and happy, and get to go down to California to see my brothers who are growing up so fast...they are 14 and 16. We don't have a lot of money this year so it will be nice not worrying about the whole presents thing and just hang out and relax!!!

    Thanks for posting this maxter :heart:
  3. Thanks for the thought-provoking post Maxter.
  4. Good one.
  5. This is so very true...may we all remember the true reason of the holidays.
  6. That's a great post Maxter! :yes:

    All of my "good" Christmas memories have nothing to do with presents! My favorite Christmas was when I was about 7... My parents took us to this Christmas tree farm that had snow, reindeer, sleigh rides, hot cocoa. It was the coolest thing ever-- I remember feeling like I was at the North Pole! We also went to a living nativity where we got to pet all the animals and then they took us to the candlelight service and we drove around looking at all the Christmas lights...

    My mom told me just recently that they were kind of overcompensating for not being able to buy nice gifts that year. The funny thing is that was probably the best Christmas I've ever had and I can't remember the gifts at all!
  7. Thank you for posting this.
  8. A good Christmas for me consists of taking 4 names(2 boys, 2 girls) off of the Angel tree at the mall and spoiling the hell out of those 4 kids.

    A goos Christmas has nothing to do with what presents I get, and all of the memories I have of Christmas have nothing to do with presents.


    Good post BTW!