Parents can’t afford to overdue it with all the useless toys as they have in past years. “Just 10 toys this year,” 1 mother stated apologetically on the 10 o’clock news. Just 10? Awwww....poor little kiddies! Really though? This year, the Grinch that stole Christmas is the recession. It’s giving some parents the opportunity to teach about the spirit of giving. Sounds more like the recession is making folks turn away from the commercialism and get back to what I’ve heard Christmas is actually about. The Tom Joyner Morning Show joked that many African Americans would opt for Kwanzaa this year because it’s easier on the wallet. As a kid who grew up with Kwanzaa, I never felt that I was lacking compared to my Christmas celebrating counterparts, and had a great time celebrating the 7 principles in grand community style. We had big market places, wonderful performances, huge feasts--all around building of extended family and enjoyment of each other’s company, skills and talents. I received things I enjoyed, could really use, and that served to edutain me.
When Christmas became a part of my life, it only provided sleepless nights, anxiety, and the crash and burn high of unwrapping gifts that lost their luster before the day was done. Kwanzaa focuses on principles for living year round. Perhaps if Christians remembered the spirit of Christmas, receiving wouldn’t be an expectation but truly understand giving out of the goodness of their hearts as often as possible--especially to those of greater need. Based on the bleak picture painted by the news broadcast, Christian parents are going to be bitch-slapped by their children come Christmas morning when they open their 10 items or less. I’m not clear on where the deprivation comes in, but these parents are consulting psychologists on the best way to explain to their children that “we just ain’t got it” this year. Just another example of over-indulged American children. I wouldn’t have known to question receiving 1 gift vs 10, as I was taught to be thankful for even being considered at all. This isn’t to say that all Christians are caught up in the hype but it seems as though Christmas and Commerce are interchangeable. With them both starting with that hard C, folks might not notice that you’ve traded in the term related to Christ.
Anyway. Bump toys. These kids should all receive journals and the assignment to write something they’re thankful for EVERY DAY for a year without repeating anything. Maybe then they’d realize just how much they’d already received on every other day of the year in front of and behind December 25th. Maybe that’s why my children are imaginary. I’d hate to be turned in for Holiday Abuse.
Watch me move.