Real Talk - Holiday celebrations and Christmas time
The wisest thing to do for them is to go back into teaching what it means, by reading of Bible passages (look for the true meaning of Christmas there, all the answers are awaiting for sure, and maybe read many other verses as well it cannot hurt to do so).
Try to pray for forgiveness if at all necessary, because I do not think that God meant us to become so materialistic as to expect to receive a thing, on that very day our savior was born of December 25th.
During Christmas time many children worldwide plan each year to receive all that they dream to get from their parents. Santa had at one time truly existed in the hearts and minds of most kids, but today its pretty tough to keep that white lie from tricking them into believing it. Mainly due to the fact that there's so much technology, and exposure to revealing information today kids will stumble onto the truth quicker then Jiminy Cricket could snap his tiny fingers.
Gift giving is something that is pretty much universal, in America millions of children are somewhat spoiled though in many ways compared to kids per say from third world countries, and many American children expect to receive something each Christmas.
There are however special cases that do indeed exist where some unfortunate toddlers, and young whipper snappers just don't have the opportunity to receive a thing. If anything they would hopefully get a single gift from a charity group known as Toys for tot's, but for the most part cannot make it to their homes. Santa Claus
There's nothing like the gift of love - maybe give this to your wife
Not so funny!
The funny thing is how America found some sort of way to twist it all into a marketing scheme, that people have fallen victim for, and literally dubbing over the original purpose of such a holiday.
So as the season moves in, and it's early December now, many folks will definitely need to make any and all adjustments if they can, because many more people are facing this true harsh reality of not having money to live it up anymore.
Dedicated Church goers
Many church goers that are truly dedicated to their faith are into the true practice of the twelve days of Christmas, according to Wikipedia and not only in the United States its a Christian practice around the globe, and right after Advent ends. (The twelve days starting on 25th of Dec and ending Jan 6th) & (Advent beginning 4 Sunday's before Christmas day)
Harsh times call for desperate measures for some folks
Depression does indeed lurk during the holidays due to such pressure on parents to always give, and expectations of their innocent children.
It's psychologically tough on these very unfortunate poor kids, because when they return back to school after the holidays. They tend to usually hear so much noise from many of their classmates and friends if any, all about what others have received for Christmas. When their parents really couldn't afford to provide any gifts for them, and due to their parents being poor as ever. This tends to leave mental scars on their psyche, and it indeed hurts them pretty badly to feel let down each and every consecutive year for many.
This is a undeniable reality today, and so many more millions of people in the United States are now getting a bitter taste of what it truly feels to celebrate the holidays empty handed. So, where's the true spirit of Christmas at for them one might think to themselves, as many of us are all forced to go through it together today (Some parents will even use their credit cards if they haven't yet been swept into debt already, and to try and make up for trying times as a compensation leading to further debts).
Well, actually the gifts being given during Christmas, are suppose to represent Jesus the son of God being given gifts by the Three Wise Men, Three Kings, or Magi after hisimmaculate conception. This all according to the Christian bible verses, and he was given these special gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. (This was where the holiday derived from, but today its very different how the world views it all as for children is concerned and all the commercialism involved)
On a much more positive note, people worldwide who do indeed have the money to play in the gift giving games will indeed enjoy this festive moment in time, and for them tends to make for an even more amazing televised event celebration extravaganza.
Santa's Elves are restless
Every known industry on planet earth for the most part tries their hardest to benefit from this sort of summoning of the masses around the ritualistic practices of the holiday celebrations all year round. Now as for Christmas time, the giving of gifts by parents has become a norm pretty much, that is not only widely accepted worldwide, but its promoted in every way shape and form.
Ironically however, it has also become a major dependency in terms of economic turn around for most businesses whom manufacture such gift items, also for most societies as a whole.
Many sales begin popping up, advertisements and the works beginning with Black Friday starting directly after thanksgiving day, Cyber Monday is the Monday after, and various other commercial ways to make sales meet customers demands, so businesses and companies can try and at least break even before the end of the fiscal year. Business owners can only hope for things to get much better soon financially for us all, so we can continue to spend more precious hard earned money.
This is the undeniable truth, and nothing but it, about the true inner and outer workings of Santa's little elves during this holiday season, and loads of trucks are currently at bay trying to transport, and ship these goods from store front to store front in time for the Holiday rush!
A mothers love
My mom was so loving, she provided all that she could for us all in the family, me and my older brother were the first and then she had 3 other young boys.
Every year when the holidays arrive it hits me to the core, because I experienced living without all throughout my life, and I know how it feels to be deprived, to have nothing at all, and to feel hopeless.
My mother even went to the furthest extent to no-longer celebrate the Christmas holiday, which had broke my heart as a child, but I think she done so, so that we wouldn't have to suffer an further by hoping for something to arrive for us all at such a time period (All we use to get is an empty tree to stare at each and every year, she couldn't afford presents, but at least we had each others love & mommies love is the best gift a child could ever have), the holidays is a tough time for many people worldwide whom are without food, without shelter, and without a home or shelter.
Working hard as a child - True memorable life story passage
I'll never forget the times when I myself (The author of this article) decided to make all the difference at a very young age and get a off the books job when I was about 12 years old. It of course was an unofficial job working for some grocery store known as C-Town in the neighborhood I grew up in of Bronx New York.
I done so because I wanted to earn enough money to give my mother a Christmas gift. It was a cool thing to do at the time. I had felt that if I could do such a thing for my mother that it would definitely make things feel much better for a change.
Despite the very fact that we never really had the money to celebrate the holidays in the traditional material aspects of it all as most Americans had done. Being showered with presents generally has become almost every child's fantasy of sorts, and is a reality to all those who do indeed have the economic means to receive gifts from their parents.
Wow! she talks non-stop LOL, but this puts it all into perspective
What's wrong with things today?
I always felt that there was something inherently wrong with the economic disparity issue between certain individuals being so , and others having pretty much everything they could ever dream of, also known as being filthy rich. So when it comes time to celebrate anything the holidays or what have you, the playing field isn't fair at all, and holidays for those less fortunate souls are the worst at times when compared side by side. poor
This is true mainly because of all the material aspects many people focus on alone, and it even boils down to not having a home to celebrate a thing, nor food to eat during such festive occasions. (The true story about my childhood helped me to learn never to take anything for granted, and to cherish every moment I have been given, and so Christmas time means much more to me today then just gift giving, it's all about love of family)
As for me when I was young, all I ever wanted was for my mother and that of my family to have the simpler things in life, like a full refrigerator and besides having grill cheese all the time to eat for dinner. To have more then just a single bedroom apartment to sleep and rest our heads at back then, and all of this is not to much to ask for, but in all actuality it was due to the fact that my mother and my father had separated, then eventually had divorced.
Sad but true this is the case for millions of people worldwide, where they are crammed into tight spaces due to lack of income, and even no means to survive due to widespread unemployment issues (Online life has become an alternative for applying for work, but its proven to not work at all for most people seeking employment today).
So the holiday times for most of us worldwide are not the best at all, which closely resembles my youthful experiences and for me I'm use to it, but many others are just getting a sweet taste of what it feels to truly be poor, and down and out for the count.
Kids love toys, but need love & guidance even more today
Why do children suffer so much during the holidays?
Children tend to suffer the most when such things such as a separation or divorce tends to happen or loss of life. What's surely next to come for them would be the possibility for poverty to emerge onto the scenes, if the now single parent cannot cope with the heavier financial load and responsibilities. This all depending on the predominant factors that an entire life blood and survival income has instantaneously been lost. Holidays then tend to become a very rough moment for them, and this is a true reality to bear witness to.
The remedy for such a thing is far from achieving for most single parents, but there is a chance for recovery if they lucked out at either finding a new partner to replace such a loss of income for that of the household, or maybe a better job.
This is one unavoidable element that definitely has an evasive effect on the children of the family, and it occurs to most Americans, and so many others worldwide. So if you have no means to pay the bills, and if you fall below that of the poverty line good luck! on making any purchases of products to keep up the celebrations.
Note: If you really wanna help people during the holidays, donate gifts to your family members who need help the most, make sure to ask if they need any help, because some folks will have to much pride, but its the thought that counts.
So what do we do to change it all?
How does a person change these factors of their lives if they have no control of the system that controls its forceful grips on our reality. The rules are the rules pretty much, so if you have no money to pay rent, to pay your bills, to pay for food, to entertain yourself or that of your family into doing anything related to the usage of monies, well then your out of luck pretty much, and that goes for anyone and anywhere.
You can help to support homeless victims today, which is directly where many families find themselves without the means to earn income. This is a continuous reality whenever people have fallen short of holding a good job, so if anyone is in the position in life to help someone up off their feet, you can try using this holiday season to make an effective change for them.
You can give gifts from the heart if anything, like creating things for one another out of inexpensive arts and crafts stuff. Maybe learn to use wood to carve out cool toys for children, and you can even become a toy maker yourself for other families in the future, who knows. (A guy named Sherm Poppen used some old skies and tied them together which lead to the creation of the Snowboard, and did it for his daughters, which cost him nothing at all)
Spousal issues during the holiday season:
- Maybe if you really cannot get along with your significant other, try to plan your divorce at a moment long after the Christmas holidays season.
- Its not easy for children to deal with such a life altering period, and so either way breaking up will hurt them no matter what (Do everything in your power to avoid from having to get a divorce).
- Try your best to stop being so self centered if you are, and correct your problems with your spouse to avoid from divorce occurring (don't cheat on your partners), or seek a marriage counselor
Merry Christmas folks we really need to change, and being mindful of ones action towards others as well as responses help
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