Christmas does not seem the same this year as in every other year past. Does it feel that way to you too?
It all started this year when we made our annual drive up to get a blue spruce Christmas tree from the state farmer’s market in Jonesboro. There are two usual blue spruce dealers, but this year neither made the drive from Michigan. We were forced to get another tree.
In Atlanta, there is a radio station that has been playing Christmas music since Thanksgiving. I have not been able to find such a station here in Albany. There has been one in the past, but where is it now?
What happened to the egg nog at Wal-Mart? It is practically nonexistent. I even Googled it to see if Michelle Obama’s crusade against obesity killed the egg nog market. I didn’t find that story.
Christmas lights on my street are not as prevalent as in years past, either. What gives?
Much of this is probably a result of the economy. While I find that many of the trappings of Christmas are missing, I also find that this is a prime opportunity to escape what Christmas has become and to remember the true meaning. After all, there was not a blue spruce, Jingle Bell Rock, egg nog, or strings of twinkling lights that night at the manger. We stand in long check-out lines holding gifts that we feel obligated to buy for people that will probably return them anyway. When did this become Christmas?
This year things are toned down a bit. What a great time to put a little extra money in the Salvation Army kettle, volunteer for a shelter, or simply show kindness to a stranger. Spend time with your family, and focus this year on things that truly matter. Remember the baby in the manger who came to earth to give us the greatest gift of all, love.
Written by Bill Waller. Mr. Waller is a author and contributor local blog, Southwest Georgia Politics. He enjoys writing, traveling, and researching history. He currently resides in Albany, Georgia.