This is a funny time of year … some observations about the run up to the holiday.
- The roads are quiet on the drive to work … (I walk but I see the reduced traffic).
- The malls are teeming with frenzied buyers.
- Tim Hortons is as busy as ever … I still have to line up for my coffee!
- People are winding down at work.
- Non stop advertising for the latest greatest gadget.
- There are lots of parties … lunch and evening.
- There is a reduced commitment to healthy eating.
- There is holiday music music playing all over the place … malls, bars, offices, coffee shops.
What I don’t see so much these days … but it is still there, just buried amongst the hustle and bustle of big box shopping and frenzied partying.
- A focus on what the holiday is REALLY about.
- A commitment to the family time OVER the commercial aspects of the holiday.
- A commitment to giving rather than receiving.
Nothing new, just an observation that this holiday is NOT one of my favorites … it has become “all about me” and far too little about giving to those who need it. Maybe this is another one of societies “norms” that could benefit from a makeover!