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As I was driving home tonight from work, I don’t know if it was hearing The Stevie Wonder Christmas song (One Day at Christmas...) while I was waiting in line to depart the office park, but as I turned down the first street heading for the highway, I spied holiday lights...already!?! But...hasn't it just a few days after we recovered from our tummies filled with Thanksgiving treats and headlines threatening of the worst Black Friday in History...Cyber Monday not living up to big hopes for sales...corporate downsizing....rising unemployment.

Instead of gloom...what is it I see...Christmas Lights. Not just one house, but many more than that. I’d say at least 2-3 houses on each street I drove down had lights up, decorations on the lawn, or Christmas Trees. I must admit for some reason I too was bitten and put up a live Christmas tree to surprise my kids on Saturday. Dare I? This far from Christmas....won’t there be needles all over my floor by the time the day actually arrives?!

Could it be that instead of doom and gloom the recession might have brought back holiday spirit? I hear people outwardly saying, I’m not spending as much as I normally do have in years passed. But not with a down-trodden tone, is that relief I hear? When is the last time you have heard people say, I’m thinking about home made gifts, or giving my family & friends time instead of sweating presents?  

So yes... it just might have taken a good old recession to bring us back to “its not how much you spend” but to appreciate the little things. The “light” (should have avoided the obvious reference) of peace on earth...good will toward men. Perhaps it is exactly what we need. Holiday spirit brings us a hopeful feeling. Hope - changes the world!  

Having said all that I’m taking my kids out to look at all the lights in the neighborhood!


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      Mary Clark wrote Dec 2, 2008
    • I totally agree with you.  I am seeing the exact same thing you are and I do feel that the state of our economy is bringing us all back to basics.  I think we all still want to celebrate the holidays and will be -we‘re just not going overboard with gifts and such.  Nothing wrong with that.  I am also seeing more practical gifts being bought than luxury type items.  Nothing wrong with that either.  

      Homemade them.  To me it’s very special and it tells me that the person that gave me that homemade gift put time into my gift and for that ...I appreciate it even more.  

      There are many ways we give to others during the holidays besides spending money.  I choose to look at it as a good thing.

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