To some people Christmas is just another day, to others it is a great event that is to be remembered, and to some (mainly children) it is the best day of the year that involves gift getting.
However, the more and more the seasons pass it seems as if we are becoming less grateful for what we have received. I don't feel that way, but I see it in others. It is not in everybody, but in an alarming number of people.
I witnessed two children this last weekend open over twenty presents each. It seemed as if they didn't care. Some gifts were not even completely unwrapped before they got to the next one. Some I even saw tossed over their shoulder as they reached for other gifts. When that was done, they preceded to open gifts that were not theirs all in the name of "helping you open it." It was truly a shame.
However, it gets better (or worse). When I give a gift I want it to be from the heart, a gift that means something. I don't want it to be just a gift. The oldest child was a boy of seven, almost eight. Earlier in the year we had a great couple of days playing with my set of LEGOs. I thought it would be a great gift for him to receive his very own bucket. Total playing time: sixty seconds. Some of the LEGOs he didn't even open out of the bag. I feel lucky because he at least got all the paper off my gift. Some of them lying around were still half-wrapped thrown over in the corner. I think they received too much. Not even thirty minutes after the "feeding frenzy" I heard an exclamation of, "I'm bored!" I don't know about everyone else, but as a child I was never bored around Christmas, especially after. I was tempted to take the LEGOs back. I don't think they would have been missed. Next year, he gets a five dollar bill to be given to his father to be put in a bank account.
I rephrase my topic into a question. Have we fallen so low in commercialism and materialism that our wants will never be satisfied or that we will never be truly grateful?
Most of us get things all year. We see something we want and we buy it. I'm guilty of it. My mother and wife always tease my father and I every year saying that it's hard to buy gifts for us. I had to agree with them. We go out and buy what we want throughout the year. We can afford to buy it, but we cannot afford to wait for it. Are most of us out there the same way?
Finally, this is one of the better holiday seasons I've ever had. Last night I had to ask myself why. I didn't receive much, but I did receive things I needed. (Buy a house. You'll need lots of things.) I gave a lot though. Due to a physical problem, my wife and I have to wait a while before having a baby. I worked a couple of extra days and bought her a puppy. I think the puppy might help ease the pain brought about by not being able to have children now. The joy it brings her was well worth it. Besides, they potty train better...