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I couldn't help but laugh a little when I read this. Not at the premise of your position so much as at myself for the confirmation that I'm not the non-conforming scrooge I'm oft labeled as being. I suspect that, by and large, if given a safe outlet, many others would admit to feeling the same way we do. Just wanted to say thank you for bravely sharing your truth with the world - love your show,... I'm on my third Christmas of non compulsive giving and I'm finally learning to enjoy the season once again.
Powerful and important message...I agree whole heatedly with the loss of meaning and crass commercialism. But before we take the pendulum to the other extreme, I want to reflect on the possibility of adapting the holiday and gift giving to reflect a richer experience.without buying into the frenzy, Christmas also offers us an opportunity to select an important book, to knit something in a loved one's favorite shade, to make a gift that says, "I have been thinking of you; I love you; and here's something that will remind you all year that you are loved, I believe in you, I'm here if you need me." As a grandmother, mother, and friend, I treasure the ways I can celebrate loving relationships.
If you are tired of how consumerism has stolen the soul of Christmas, then I commend to you a little book entitled "Advent Conspiracy: Can Christmas Still Change the World?" by Rick McKinley, Chris Seay, and Greg Holder. Four simple chapters: Give More, Spend Less, Give Presence, and Love All.
Now in the time when fires burn on the sea
We need your company.
I like your spirit, I like your heart, I like the movement
we need to make to love, to all the many forms of love.
Because fires are burning and the black river of loss
is swollen to overflowing, what would he do ?
Would the Prince of Peace even participate in any way ?
AND YOU KNOW in your heart, Krista, what he would do
and what he would say - "love is the answer, love is the way."