Searching for the Holiday Spirit

It feels like I am having a hard time finding the holiday spirit this year (again). I see all the blind materialistic consumerism. I see people buying things they can’t afford for people who don’t really need them.  I see stores opening on Thanksgiving night, taking people out of their homes and away from the families on this holiday. I see people lined up outside stores to go shopping at 4 am. I go into the stores and I see things that are really stupid. (A pillow that lights up? What’s next?) Things that are, apparently, for those who already have everything. Anyone need a light-up pillow? (I’m pretty sure it would keep me awake, ya know? totally defeat the purpose)   What I see is all about money and it is disheartening. Enough is never enough.

I am trying to find the true spirit of the season (no matter what religion you are celebrating~ it isn’t about materialism).  We spend so much money on non-sense while there are people who truly need help. They need housing and food. In our own country and around the world, there are children who do without the essentials of life. They are starving. They live in poverty. Some children in this country won’t even get one gift this year.  I am so tempted this year to take what I do have (which isn’t a whole lot) and give it to those who are truly in need. (Because I do not have “a lot” but I do have “enough”.)  Maybe this is where the true spirit of the holiday lies, in giving to those who really, really DON’T have enough?

I will keep searching because what this time of the year has deteriorated into has left me feeling empty and cold. Maybe I am becoming cynical or maybe I am seeing things with new eyes and seeing things for what they are. But at either rate, some food for thought. Some points to ponder.

Stop and really consider this song and the lyrics. I think we’ve all heard it so many times it has become a cliche.

“Do They Know It’s Christmas?”

(powerful video)

[Chris Martin:]
It’s Christmastime, there’s no need to be afraid
At Christmastime, we let in light and we banish shade[Dido:]
And in our world of plenty we can spread a smile of joy
Throw your arms around the world at Christmastime

[Robbie Williams:]
But say a prayer, Pray for the other ones
At Christmastime it’s hard, but when you’re having fun

There’s a world outside your window
And it’s a world of dread and fear

[Fran Healy:]
Where the only water flowing

[Fran Healy & Sugarbabes:]
Is the bitter sting of tears

[Fran Healy & Justin Hawkins:]
And the Christmas bells that ring there are the clanging chimes of doom

Well tonight thank God it’s them instead of you

[Will Young & Jamelia:]
And there won’t be snow in Africa this Christmastime
The greatest gift they’ll get this year is life

[Ms Dynamite & Beverly Knight:]
Where nothing ever grows
No rain nor rivers flow

[Group of ten and Joss Stone:]
Do they know it’s Christmastime at all?

[Tom Chaplin (Keane):]
Here’s to you

[Justin Hawkins (Darkness):]
Raise a glass for everyone

[Dizzee Rascal:]
Spare a thought this yuletide for the deprived
If the table was turned would you survive

Here’s to them

[Justin Hawkins (Darkness):]
Underneath that burning sun

[Dizzee Rascal:]
You ain’t gotta feel guilt just selfless
Give a little help to the helpless

[Joss Stone & Justin Hawkins:]
Do they know it’s Christmastime at all?

[Tom Chaplin:]
Feed the world

[Tom Chaplin & Chris Martin:]
Feed the world

[Tom Chaplin & Chris Martin & Sugababes:]
Feed the world

[Tom Chaplin & Chris Martin & Sugababes:]
Feed the world

[Everyone in full chorus line.]
Feed the world
Let them know it’s Christmastime again – [repeated]

[Group of ten:]
Feed the world

[Everyone in full chorus line.]
Feed the world – [repeated to end]

[Joss Stone ]
[Ad libs over outro]

                                                        ~Kathy Lee (blog) 11/26/2012

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