Yesterday I started to write a funny ditty about the commotion that comes with the holiday season, but after doing a snack run with the kids at a local mall, the experience left me pondering the hilarity of such Christmas chaos.
In the hour that we were there we observed at least a half a dozen crying kids, and almost as many screaming mothers. We witnessed a toddler racing around the store ramming the carts of several strangers with no parent in sight. We watched a man carry a little one out by the seat of his pants, as the hysterical kid cried for “just one little treat”.
As a horrid finale we walked towards the van and heard a young woman screaming profanities to her boyfriend (or ex-boyfriend based on the ruckus), before she jumped out of the car, slammed the door and stormed off. For his part, the young male driver wheeled around and got out of that parking lot faster than you can say “Love Stinks, yeah yeah”.
Needless to say, the bad vibe left all of us feeling disheartened on the day before, the day before the day before Christmas.
Can I just ask – where is the holiday cheer? Where is the fah who for-aze, dah who dor-aze style of jubilation? I wonder if my 93-year old grandmother would have the same memories of getting ready for Christmas with her kids back in the day?
Is the commercialism and obligation to buy the biggest gift, have the best dinner, chop down the tallest tree and light up the house like the Griswold’s the culprit in losing the true spirit of Christmas?
I can tell you nobody was having a holly jolly Christmas in that mall yesterday, and I have to wonder -have we bought ourselves a sack full of trouble getting away from a simple family gathering just exchanging hand-crafted gifts and an simple orange in a stocking?
Hold your kids a little closer, take comfort in having a hand to hold, and feel blessed that you have family or friends to spend time with over the holidays. Happy Holidays Everyone…and try not to scream at your kids, throw a tantrum for a treat, or break the heart of someone you love.