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Showing posts from December, 2014

Happy New Year - Lessons Learned

Discover a Christmas Frame of Mind

I was watching A Charlie Brown Christmas on TV the other night, and I started to think about the commercialism that disgusted Charlie Brown. I remember watching this cartoon every year since it premiered in 1965. The themes it portrays are still alive today. In fact, they are in hyper-overdrive.

We’ve moved so far away from the original celebrations of Christmas, that it has become a whole new holiday. It is the Christmas of the 21st century complete with LED lights and Apple Pay. It is the season of consumerism, consumption, greed and stress. Celebrating peace, love and joy has been replaced by fighting in the mall over a parking space, punching out a fellow shopper during the Black Friday melee, and maxing out our credit cards buying gifts we feel obligated to purchase.
We feel so compelled to have a Holly Jolly Christmas, that we lose the joy and beauty of the season. Our style of the celebration of Christmas gets its origins in German and English traditions that were brought to thi…