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All the Wrong Reasons

December 9, 2009
By Kat127 SILVER, East Northport, New York
Kat127 SILVER, East Northport, New York
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Favorite Quote:
"Sometimes you have to let people go, in order to realize how much you love them"

Aren’t the holidays supposed to be about religion? Not anymore. Every year during the holiday season, stores have huge sales, especially outlets. The day after Thanksgiving, called Black Friday hundreds, even thousands of people go shopping. Millions of dollars are spent and enormous amounts of gifts are bought.

Usually the stores are just crowded, but each year it becomes worse. This year, one employee at Wal-Mart actually got trampled to death and no one even stopped to help him up. The crowds to get into a store are huge and people just push and shove. Some people even camp out overnight in order to be the first ones into a store.

The holidays should be about family, love, and joy. Giving is a big part of the holiday season, but you could give to the poor or the needy. Small children are growing up to learn that holidays mean presents, and don’t even understand the true meaning. So this holiday season remember to give to the right causes and remember the true meaning. It’s good to be in the holiday spirit, but don’t become materialistic!

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This article has 5 comments.

CP3bigplay said...
on Jan. 1 2010 at 1:23 pm
CP3bigplay, Lyndhurst, Ohio
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Favorite Quote:
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

Invictus, by William Ernest Henley

You make a good point. My pastor at my parish says that: in no country except America, has Christmas become practically non-religious. I agree, although I can't lie, I love what we did. As you say, stores hold huge outlet sales with discounts to get people to come in and buy stuff. As a teen, I haven't seen that because I haven't been with my parents on an occasion like this. My family though, has maintained a family feel around the holidays. We are together on Christmas Eve, Christmas and usually New Year's Day.

on Dec. 29 2009 at 4:35 pm
morgie7<3 PLATINUM, Tremont, Illinois
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Favorite Quote:
"I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed."
~Michael Jordan

i totally agree! Thanksgiving kind of gets jipped, the day after everyone is shopping for Christmas presents and all I hear about that weekend is people getting ready for Christmas. Thanksgiving is just the "almost" mark for Christmas, which is sad, really. I absolutely hate it when people say Xmas. It might just be a shorter and more convinient way to say it, but even when I'm texting, I say Christmas. Is it really that difficult?! Christ truly is being taken out of Christmas. I mean without him, people wouldn't even have a reason to be all hyped in December. Jesus arrived in a manger and sacrificed everything on a cross, the least we can do is make Christmas about HIM, NOT THE PRESENTS!!!!! Anyway, I agree with this article, but like someone said in a previous comment, Christmas is not all about giving, although it's a great time to give. It's about celebrating the birth of the core of my existence...Jesus. That sounds cheesy, but he's my reason for life, the one that GAVE me life. Why not celebrate FOR him?

on Dec. 25 2009 at 8:26 am
biggerinfinities SILVER, Superior, Colorado
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Favorite Quote:
“We accept the love we think we deserve.”
― Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Can anyone actually argue with this? its impossible!!!

on Dec. 19 2009 at 5:00 pm
RedvinesWTHCantTheyDo GOLD, Zephyrhills, Florida
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Favorite Quote:
"You make one more comment like that I will wrap you in a tortilla shell and eat you as a snack, maybe with some nice pico de gillo."~ Lauren Lopez in Starship
"If you don't die for something, I'll kill you for nothing."~ Lauren Lopez in Starship

The holidays aren't just about giving, but rather someone. Jesus , who was sent as a sacrifice so we might be saved and live eternally in heaven. So while, yes, it is nice to give to others who are less fortunate than you, or just give because you wnat to. Remember that there is a Savior who deserves our devotion and lives.

on Dec. 18 2009 at 11:22 am
peace_love_beauty PLATINUM, Florien, Louisiana
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Favorite Quote:
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Psalms 23:4

Amen, sister! I think it's ridiculous the way people act sometimes. Giving is part of the season, but not greed!