Normally, at this time of year, it is easy to become disheartened and sickened by the commercialization and greed that seems to consume the culture, and society. Commercialism is a bothersome and worrisome for me, but that is not what I want to talk about.
The greatness of human character often comes forward now. It is always encouraging to see people take their time and money and donate to charitable causes. The contrast between the extreme commercialism and capitalism with community groups asking for small donations is pleasant. At the mall I frequent the Salvation Army’s stand is across from a luxurious jewellery shop. During December I try to drop whatever change I have from Christmas purchases to the cause.
Christmas is a difficult time of year for many, as is well known – emotionally and economically. Families who cannot afford even modest gifts for their children, people who don’t have anyone to spend the holidays with, or people who must weather the brutal weather while others sit in comfort.
I’m not saying that everyone must go out to their nearest soup kitchen and spend all of the holidays there, but I would like to encourage the few that read this blog to give a little something – donate a toy, or food, or money, or time to a charity that you believe in.