It's started already.
Innocently, while sitting on the couch enjoying some quality television - an oxymoron to be certain - I received my first dose of commercial pounding.
Obviously I'm not speaking of political ads;
that's been going on for the past 18 months. No, I'm talking about my first Christmas marketing ad. It's not even Halloween yet and boom, here they are talking about Christmas buying already. In another few years I'm sure I'll be fortunate if I'm not being bombarded before the Fourth of July, but right now, I'm still annoyed by the first salvo of holiday "attack" ads. If you think these political ads are brutal, you haven't seen anything yet.
I would like to suggest this year you spend a little less time caving to the pressures of the merchant influences and a little more time giving of your self where it's really needed, in your own communities.
Between personal hours and financial support, there are plenty of agencies who are in need of volunteer hours and contributions during this very pressing time of year. Local food pantries are cleaned out, so donations of food and clothing are both welcome.
As the economy continues to be an issue, more and more families are struggling to make ends meet. If you have been blessed, consider those you can help have a happier holiday season.
Imagine what it would be like to have your children wake up on Christmas morning with nothing beneath the tree.
Imagine what it would be like to eat macaroni and cheese with cut-up hot dogs for your holiday meal.
Some don't have to imagine that. Some live that. Ask yourself what you can do to help, then do it.
Maybe you have a neighbor that sits alone, doesn't have any family in the area, or perhaps doesn't have anybody period. Pay a visit, send a card, prepare a meal.
This holiday season, many of us will celebrate with plenty of gifts, more than enough food, and family to share the special days with.
Count your blessings, then be a blessing to someone else. Make a difference this holiday season.