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Was anybody else disgusted at the death of the young Wal-Mart man due to a crowd pushing their way in to the store for Black Friday sales?  Seriously, is that xbox worth somebody dying for?  Have we become such a nation of materialism and greed that we feel the need to kill someone in our pursuit of it?  I was physically sickened by the news story. What are we doing?  Why do we feel as if we have to buy more and more and more just to satisfy that emptiness inside?  Remember when we were kids and we were excited to get paints and paper?  Remember when a baseball glove was the bomb? This Christmas, I am giving my kids, ages 21,16,14,13,and 9 a wake up call in the hopes of making their futures more satisfactory. For every gift they receive, they have to give two handmade gifts to someone they do not know. Also, we are returning to the era of thank you notes for each gift in the hopes that they will discover that sincerely being grateful for something is far better than comparing the loot on Christmas day. We have put a ceiling on the amount that a gift can cost.  I feel it is ridiculous for a youth to own a television or a cell phone or even a private computer.  We are complaining that our kids have no imagination, no physical activity, no social interraction without electronics yet most of us have been feeding the problem with all of this.  I don’t know, I guess the death of this young man was the final straw for me. The cost of an ipod could feed a family for a few weeks, even here in Colorado.  Somehow, the priorities have gotten completely messed up.



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      Denise Alleyne-Hill wrote Nov 29, 2008
    • stillkid40..we were talking about that very same incident yesterday on here..someone had blogged it too..I’m as mortified today as I was yesterday...think this is a wake up call?...hell no...sorry to say...People are still carrying on with the business-as-usual mentality



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      Stillkid40 wrote Nov 29, 2008
    • Yes!  That is it exactly!  LOVE your music, by the way, on your profile. I haven’t put mine up yet.  If you youtube, go there and type in Brandon Heath, Give me your eyes...is a perfect song and is so fitting to this.



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      Jacquie6363 wrote Nov 29, 2008
    • Words alone cannot begin to describe this horrendous act.  I still cannot get my head around what has happened and why it happened.  That has brought new meaning to being treated like a doormat.  My family and I we do not celebrate xmas and we raised the kids accordingly, so when xmas comes around, there are no expectations.  We give the kids constantly throughout the year, if our kids wants something we weigh the odds and see if it is really a need.  

      Unfortunately, we are now living in a sick world and it is going to get worse.  Teeky, we did invent our own games, and were quite contented, we had fun and frankly, I miss those days.



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      Jacquie6363 wrote Nov 29, 2008
    • Soulful, what was even worse was the same Walmart where the incident happened, was reopened a few hours later...now tell me how sick is that



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      Denise Alleyne-Hill wrote Nov 30, 2008
    • oh really jacquie....it just goes to show you..people don’t care about a human life anymore..SMH!!!



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      Doreen XoXo wrote Nov 30, 2008
    • Sad to say it happened in my area.  It was in Valley Stream, NY WalMart on Long Island.  Only about 15 minutes from where I live.  

      I ask.....did anyone realize they were stomping on a human being or did they just not care???  A woman 8mths pregnant was rushed to the hospital and many more shoppers were injured....although minor.  

      The whole thing is very unnerving.



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      Felicia Lewis wrote Nov 30, 2008
    • That’s sad. We need to wake up! frown



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      Mary Clark wrote Nov 30, 2008
    • I went one time the day after Thanksgiving to a Kmart...and people were running in.  I was at the beginning...at the door and if I didn’t run they would have run over me and that was like 7 years ago.  

      After that...I have never done the day after Thanksgiving thing. It’s ridiculous how people act over material things.  There is nothing worth me getting into all of that.  

      Stillkid40:  I like your thing about writing thank you notes for the Christmas gifts they receive.  A personal not is always so nice and it lets the giver know that you appreciated it took the time to say so.  

      Homemade gifts:  love it!!!

      We need to get back to the basics...and back to celebrating what Christmas is really about.



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