AnonymousDecember 2, 2008 at 9:38 am
Again the holidays are with us.The time familys come together and share love and blessings and the birth of Gods son. I see the Christmas I remember 60 yrs ago. Going to church on Christmas eve and morning. The excitement of the gifts I got. Many were hand me downs but to me they were new.
My toys mostley were hand made and lasted all year.
I remember my Grandmother giveing to the familys that didn’t have much. then all the famlys got together for a big Christmas dinner.The old days of the holidays were so simple and careing and giveing,
This year the world and our country is suffering so much pain. It would be so nice to give something to someone suffering. to see the ones hungry and out in the cold and realized how blessed we all are. and to give them something to help their pain. I see everyone as a family and familys come together and help each other..
There is nothing related with God and his son when people are crushed to death and hurt from the greed many showed on black friday. I have asked what child needs a game worth hundred of dollars and the child isnt even 6.Who cares what the neighbor gives.
Christmas for me is giveing to the ones suffering. to give thanks for all the blessings of the year. to remember love ones that have made the crossing. To forgive ourselves and others. To remember you cannot buy love with expensive toys or gifts. Be thankful we have our health and better off than so many. To bring God and Christ back into the holidays.
I wish everyone a very merry and happy holidays. and pray your healing continues and the world will some day be at peace and we remove the selfish attitudes we all are guilty of in one way or another. May Gods blessings fill your lives and his healing powers touch all the suffering.Merry Christmas to everyone
AnonymousDecember 2, 2008 at 5:40 pm
I was one of those people trampled on black friday. I was at a wal-mart store and i was the first in line to get a baby alive and a cabbage patch baby because they were stacked right against each other..as the time grew near the crowd was huge..the two employees that were there talked to everyone and ask them to please be careful and courteous..of course everyone assured them that they would. Well as soon as the countdown went the employees tried to cut the plastic around the pallets when we were shoved to the ground..(myself and the two women employees) i’m not sure if others were knocked down or not. The two employees tried to help me but ended up having to climb onto another pallet full of toys in order to get to safety. I was left on the ground being smashed. I ended up with a busted lip, a scraped knee and a small cut on my wrist. I literally feared for my life. My 17 year old nephew was bit by someone and shoved backwards. Last year was similar to this but not this bad. I felt like I was hit by a truck for the next couple of days. I suggest they video tape the desirable items and then file charges against the people that are doing this.
Absolutely no excuse for this kind of behavior.
AnonymousDecember 2, 2008 at 6:47 pm
Black Friday behavior is appaling. Who raised these people I cannot believe that anyone would need an item so bad to cause bodily harm to them. they should be prosecuted or assult if there is video tape evidence i would get a lawyer and start finding those people. until they are punnished this horrific behavior will get worse. this is only going to make it so people can only get the deals online and have to pay shipping and handling that way takes money away from our local economies but if that is all we can do to stop this then by golly they better do it. I never thought of christmas as a day that gifts were required to be given so I do not partake in black friday. I have worked many many of them and now refuse to be a part of it.
I feel blessed to be alive and to have a wonderful family. the only things that I want to have for christmas is my family and all their love and friends our religion and to make sure everyone has a warm meal and gifts for all the needy young and old.
AnonymousDecember 3, 2008 at 3:43 am
One problem is that instances of that kind of behaviour are applauded — think of the ‘running of the brides’ at Filene’s. And how many times have we seen reality programmes on TV and films in which pushing and shoving for that special something is a matter of comedy.
I’m not exonerating those who are guilty of this crime, but the crime starts in the heart, with greed, covetousness, and the desire to be better than the next guy — all of which are exacerbated by giving such behaviour a comedic slant. We can’t tell our kids in one breath that it’s funny and then in the next condemn it. Nor can we condemn it when they see it in us.
An advert here in the UK for a large department store urges us to ‘Keep Christmas special’, all the while displaying all the wonderful things you can buy that you don’t need. I reach for something to throw at the TV every time it comes on.
I’m with Steve. If people want to have a holiday in which greed, anger and avarice are the norms, fine. Just separate it from Christmas and let’s get back to what Christmas actual means: the coming of the Saviour of the world.
Okay, I’ll crawl back off my soapbox.
AnonymousDecember 3, 2008 at 3:55 am
This year we are not exchanging Christmas gifts with the adults in our families, instead we are “adopting” another family who would not otherwise have a Christmas at all. Rather than face the crowds, the shoving, the commercialization and generally nasty attitudes to buy things neither we nor our families want or need we are instead helping a single mother recovering from a car accident have a nice Christmas for her children. We did give them a gift card to Walmart for clothes and toys but I think they more appreciated the gas and grocery cards.
There are many way to find needy families in your area – it feels much better to give than to receive and there is always someone out there more desperate than you are. I’d rather have a smile for Christmas than any “thing” money could buy. 🙂
AnonymousDecember 3, 2008 at 8:15 am
I agree the behavior on Black Friday is horrible. Never seen people be so rude and non caring. That is one reason I never shop on Black Friday. I do my shopping early where it is more relaxing. I hate being in large crowds.
But the Christmas Season in my childhood days were far more fun and enjoyable than today.
So many families are going to suffer this year. So sad our world has become commercial!
AnonymousDecember 3, 2008 at 8:33 am
Julie, that is an awesome idea. I work with a guy that is divorced and has two little kids. His son is Connors age. His ex gets 55 percent of his pay check for child support and he ends up taking home very little. I feel sorry for him. He told me how bad his son wanted a light sabor from Star Wars.
Walmart had them for ten bucks on Black Friday so I got one for him and told him to tell him it’s from Santa. I got his daughter a baby alive slip and slurp..or whatever that was. 20 bucks and I know those kids will be happy.
I shopped black Friday. We didnt have any probs here like other cities. It was definitely crowded and I wasnt able to get anywhere near the electronics at Walmart. I cant believe what we’ve seen on the news.
Human life vs a bargain ?
Sherry I hope you are ok. How truly awful for you. Were you able to get what you were there for ? Did anyone get ticketed or punished in any way ?
AnonymousDecember 7, 2008 at 6:45 pm
I was hopeing more members of our family had blessings they wanted to share at this time of the year . I feel even with things as they are we can find something to be thankful for. I noticed 103 people read it and only 8 have a blessing to share. Something is wrong here. Merry Christmas to everyone and may blessing fill your life and prayers give you strength and faith. and your paths are filled with joy and happyness (Steve)
AnonymousDecember 8, 2008 at 12:40 am
[QUOTE=mochacat]I was hopeing more members of our family had blessings they wanted to share at this time of the year . I feel even with things as they are we can find something to be thankful for. I noticed 103 people read it and only 8 have a blessing to share. Something is wrong here. Merry Christmas to everyone and may blessing fill your life and prayers give you strength and faith. and your paths are filled with joy and happyness (Steve)[/QUOTE]
My husband and I have many blessings. Having one another is our biggest blessing. We have five horses, two dogs, and one cat and they all bring joy to our lives. We have friends on whom we can count on, and they can count on us. We don’t exchange Christmas gifts. We stopped doing that several years ago due to the commercialism. I make candy and give it to our neighbors. We never pass a Salvation Army kettle without contributing. We are really aware of how blessed we are compared to many others. Thank you for making me think about all my blessings.
AnonymousDecember 8, 2008 at 3:07 am
Actually, I have a reason for being thankful that I have CIDP. I never catch anything. I haven’t even had a cold in six years, despite being surrounded by people with colds and flu every winter (including my husband and son, who seem to catch everything).
So there’s a silver lining behind every cloud — it’s just that some of them are harder to find.
AnonymousDecember 11, 2008 at 10:01 pm
Yes I am ok..I was banged up for a while but eventually feel better. I did get what I was there for, the baby alive sip and slurp (which is what I got trampled over..had I know you were going and it was safe I would ahve called you..lol) and a remote control four wheeler..and I was buying for two little kids that are getting very little for christmas so I wanted to help out. Even though I am having a rough time providing christmas for my own family I just couldn’t stand to think about little ones being sad on christmas. I am very blessed with children that have always wanted to help others and have always been willing to sacrifice themselves in order to give to someone else. I am very proud to be their mother.
God bless each and everyone of you..
AnonymousDecember 19, 2008 at 12:31 pm
Here it is almost Christmas and I am seeing BAH HUMBUG.Lets everyone try and do a gratude list. What are we thankful for. I am thankful I have my health (and big belly LMAO)We have had a few nice days before the front arrives with cold sunday, I am thankful for all of my friends here and elsewhere. I am blessed in so many many ways and so blessed that I am able to help and give to others. I thank the Great Spirit for his healing touches to others and even if we are in a mess in this country and the world we are blessed with friends and shelter and warmpth. No one is alone as all you need to do is look around and ask and you shall receive.Smile ask a prayer for someone and in many cases see it answered before your eyes,Remember nothing comes to us as LUCK try seeing it as a blessing.Come on lets see some happyness and blessings and gifts of love. God knows we all have been through our share and now lets joke, laugh. and enjoy what we have no matter how big or how small MERRY CHRISTMAS HO-HO-HO-HO I forgot our 4 cats and their love and giveing all unconditional. We also do not do gift exchange but do give in many other ways. I am sitting here looking at a beautiful deep blue sky and the temp is 74 and by sunday morning we will be down to 28. I love going out on a cold morning to get the paper. and as I walk back in the house I look up and say good morning my father thank you for today,
AnonymousDecember 19, 2008 at 3:07 pm
I am thankful for the improvement I have made in the past year and thankful to everyone that took care of me and helped me get that improvement. I am thankful for my husband, son, family, extended family, friends and our cats. I am thankful that we have are home, insurance and husband has a job. I am thankful for the only thing I wanted for Christmas, a Christmas tree with a star on the top to celebrate the birth of Jesus. I am thankful to honor all my loved ones that are now gone with a burning candle at holiday dinners.
I am very thankful.
AnonymousDecember 19, 2008 at 7:08 pm
I am thankful for friends and family and thankful that I have a warm place to live and food on the table. Even though the snow is a pain to move, it is SO beautiful when everything is white and clean — all the clutter and dirt hidden under a blanket of fresh snow. So I guess I am saying I am thankful for the beauty of the snow as well!
AnonymousDecember 19, 2008 at 9:33 pm
I don’t think a day goes by, that I am not thankful for the blessings I have received… I wish I did more to help others.. How many of us have walked right on by those in need.. Especially, during the holidays, lets try to help those, who can’t help themselves… Merry Christmas….. Dean
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