The holidays have arrived. We’re all getting ready to travel or receive guests for the holidays. The news is full of stories covering huge traffic jams as so many Americans hit the roads for the Thanksgiving blockbuster event. Black Friday, Cyber Monday and small business Saturday have already jumped the gun for your hard earned dollars.
And then there are the rest of us. The ones who don’t have the money for all this stuff. Those of us on fixed income that never keep up with inflation don’t look forward to these man made holidays. Feeding upwards of a dozen people is a lot of work and a huge expense. The older you get the more work it becomes and you dread the ordeal.
Holidays are also about the memorials. Fallen friends, relatives and loved ones come to mind each year during the holidays. Again, we all remember. What choice do we have as the news media fills the airwaves with holiday specials, prepared in advance so the broadcast crew gets their holiday time off. There have been too many tragedies this past year, too many mass killings that no one can yet explain. There are too many memorials quickly thrown together that include teddy bears, wreaths, crosses and the proverbial yellow ribbon on every tree in town.
Since it’s original inception the idea for granite walls with alphabetical lists etched on them of all the victims of mass killings are erected in cemeteries, college campuses and federal graveyards. It’s the holidays and we must never forget their names.
This is a strange time to be alive on planet earth. There are way too many memorials being built. Every holiday has multiple tugs at our hearts as we associate the holidays with more and more tragic events in our lives.
I propose we get back to basics, celebrate the original intent for each holiday and leave the memorials out of it. Let’s be thankful for the important things on Thanksgiving, remember what Christmas is all about and forget Black Fridays, & Cyber Monday.