Like I said, the lights are calming to an extent. ;)
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Monday, December 09, 2013
at 4:07 PM
Let's just do a Bah Humbug series, shall we??
There are so many conflicting messages at christmas time. This is another thing that makes me dislike "the season".
"Peace on earth, good will toward man."
Uhhhh. You've heard of Black Friday, right?
On that note, I could start a long tirade. (In fact I believe I shall) Because not only that day, but the entire Christmas season is a lot of extra work and there is, in actuality, the direct opposite of peace (agitation, distress, frustration, upset, worry) in abundance. And what good will is managed is usually fairly contrived and not natural, which I'm not saying is a bad thing, but it is a sad thing.
First on my list of the agitating non-peacefulness that we put ourselves through every year, there is all the shopping you have to do. NOT peaceful. Not at all. The afore mentioned dark day notwithstanding, you've still got to come up with money to buy all the little kids in the family some sort of gift. Never mind that they DON'T NEED ANY THING. They NEED nothing!! Yet you MUST give them toys and candy and games and clothing and whatnot. Don't you want to make the children HAPPY you terrible SCROOGE?!?!? I despise this part.
It's not that I don't want to GIVE. It's just that I don't want to give just to have that gift wasted, or not used /appreciated. I hate waste. I hate it when I do it, I hate I when I see others doing it. Which leads to the second topic of the frustrating description...
Concerning the toys and stuff (I refrained from calling it junk. You're welcome) that your family will haul home: There is NO peace there either!! Now you have to find a place for all the recent additions to your already full house!! This is difficult if you are already drowning in stuff, (most Americans are. Poor ones even.) lots of the "things" go unused, the toys end up broken. Let's face it, they're all made in Chinese sweatshops. (Good will anyone? Oh, that's only for us spoiled Americans.)
See what I mean?? We say (and sing) one thing but we do totally the opposite with our completely predictable actions.
A third item that may not exactly be stressful, but which definitely takes time and effort, is that of putting a tree in your house and decorating it. I can see how that can be a peaceful part about xmas. Because at least the lights are calming. Unless you go all out with the crazy blinky flashy huge displays you see a lot of these days. That's not peaceful. No. THAT will give you an eye twitch! (In which case you need more magnesium, btw) We are working on this today so I'm reminded how much work it is.
At any rate, there are many other aspects of the season that are far from peaceful, but those are the main ones, for me.
Joy to the corporations. Bah humbug.
Sunday, December 08, 2013
at 8:13 PM
Ok. I'm just going to rant a bit here.
Anyone who knows me, knows I'm not fond of Christmas.
One of the reasons (one that I don't share very often) is a religious one.
It makes me upset when I hear people clamoring "put CHRIST back in Christmas"
Those who do are largely Not Catholics - who were the originators of the holiday we call Christmas.
And also...they typically go to churches that are named without any regard to their Lord and Savior. Even tho the bible specifically states that the church is the bride of Christ.
I don't understand the utter disregard of the obvious here.
If you're going to clamor and holler about Christ's name not being represented someplace, START WITH YOUR CONGREGATION OF HIS CHURCH.
It just seems to me that when a bride doesn't have the name of her Husband it's not only disrespectful, it's outright mockery. (That's totally my opinion) ESPECIALLY when this name suddenly gets so important on what basically started out as a pagan holiday.
It's not right. It's just not.
Sorry if this is offensive. I know it prolly is, which is why I don't share it very often. But it's true!! And honestly makes some people look like terrible hypocrites. :(
Monday, December 02, 2013
at 12:08 AM
You know what? I admire my daughter and son in law.
They are young. That is difficult in and of itself. But they've also decided they were not going to allow what is fashionable or cool to dictate how they live their lives.
They found themselves in the same situation that many teens find themselves in: young and in love.
The world, pretty well every person around them, basically said to them "this love you have for one another is going to have to wait. You have high school, college, jobs, other stuff; it's all more important than this silly little affair you think is love."
And in answer they said "screw you. We love each other and that's that."
Ahhhhh youth. Haha
With help from those around them who wish to watch their successes, they have what they require to survive.
If they can keep at the love thing and not fail in it, they will do great. Even if they do fail, as long as they decide to stick together no matter how hard they will fall, they will be a success.
They seem pretty strong together to me. I hope they do stick it out and succeed in spite of all the negativity they've encountered because they decided to dedicate their lives to each other instead of all the other vocations the world around them dictated.