Wednesday, November 12, 2008
I do this every year and it does absolutely no good. I complain because Christmas starts too early. You all know how it works.....the decorations and things in the stores BEFORE Halloween, the advertising on the TV at the same time. Of course everyone knows why the retailers do it. It's a fact that the earlier people start spending money, the more they spend. It makes sense. You start early and get all your shopping "done". Then you see that one cool thing for somebody. Even though you already bought them a gift, you can't resist buying them this item. And then if you bought that one something extra, you really should get something extra for the others.........and on and on it goes. The other problem in my area is the traffic. Yesterday was Veteran's Day and the schools were off. Some companies were out of work, others weren't. But the stores were packed with people trying to get a head-start on their Christmas shopping. And it'll just get worse and worse from here. I feel bad for the lonely Thanksgiving holiday. A lot of people forget about it. But I think it's the best holiday. No rushing around buying presents, no craziness with the kids. Just a nice holiday to be with your family and eat a nice meal. I sincerely hope it stays just the way it is. I nice quiet holiday. I never want to see it get all hyped up like Christmas has become. My five things to be thankful for today: 1. I am thankful for Thanksgiving! 2. I am thankful that I have family close by so we can all be together for Thanksgiving. 3. I am thankful that I had yesterday off and was able to go visit my sister. 4. I am thankful that I get to babysit my grand-daughter today. 5. I am thankful that so far, everyone in my family still has jobs and are able to survive in the difficult economy.