I’m over shopping during the holiday season. Cyber Monday and Black Friday deals are more and more less about the pleasure of getting amazing deals on gifts to make others smile and more about how we can spend to indulge ourselves. Corporations are geniuses and know how to capitalize on impulse shopping, but the end game is that the deals aren’t necessarily all that great, don’t actually enrich the lives of others (which is what the Holiday Season is about–love and gratitude and family), and ends up digging a big hole in our pockets. I’m on a budget. I’d love to splurge on myself, but I just can’t. And that extra 20% off for CyberMonday at my 4 favorite online boutiques wasn’t enough of a deal to get me to dish out the dough (credit cards).
I’ll find a way to honor my family and friends in a more thoughtful (and affordable) way this year.
I’m also over calling it just “The Holidays”. “Happy Holidays”, yes, is all encompassing: Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and Christmas. But you know what? I’m not Jewish or of African Heritage. And last I checked, a lot of Athiests celebrate Christmas, regardless of its Christian origins. I personally celebrate Christmas–WITH and WITHOUT religious connotations, depending on the company I’m with. Can’t I just say Merry Christmas and be happy? The point is that I’m trying to be Merry this Christmas, and I’m trying to spread holiday cheer to others as well. I promise I’m not trying to push a religion or an agenda, I’m just being happy! Let’s just be happy together, regardless of which holiday we’re celebrating.
If I say “Merry Christmas” to you, and you’re celebrating Hanukkah, by all means, say “Happy Hanukkah” to me! It would be wonderful to see you celebrating and reveling in your own holiday. That brings warmth and glow to my heart, which is what this holiday season should do and be for each and every one of us.
Merry Christmas, you guys!
With Love + Aloha,