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Don't miss the point

December 11, 2007|By LAURA BELL / Pulse Correspondent

You've heard of the 12 days of Christmas, right? So when did 12 days become two months?

The Christmas season has become increasingly commercial, fast-paced and stressful over the years. When we were kids, it was simple: Be good, make a list, bake cookies, decorate a tree, etc.

Now there's shopping for everyone, avoiding crowds, saving money. There are blow-up decorations in yards before Thanksgiving's over. We see Christmas decorations at stores in October, and our childhood heroes, Santa and his elves, have become a marketing tool for stores.

Does anyone else think we've missed the point when it comes to Christmas? It's a time for family and friends. A time to show those you love how much you care. It's not a time for buying a gift just to get something for that person.

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If you go shopping, you will see more than a hundred holiday sale signs. For stores, the holidays have become a time to make as much money as possible. It can be tempting, but you don't want to get too caught up in all the commercial aspects of the holidays.

Instead of giving in to the Commercial Christmas Conspiracy, try this: Make a gift or card. If you can't make something, then find them something they will really enjoy and use. And remember that it's the thought that counts. You don't have to be fancy.

Occasionally, people will find that even though there are jolly Santa Clauses and festivities everywhere, and so many things to buy, they themselves are in a holiday funk. Maybe they just need an older version of Christmas - a Christmas without worrying about buying stuff, a Christmas where you don't worry about presents and you just enjoy the company of friends and family.

The holidays are a great time of the year, but it is possible to have too much of a good thing. Remember the old rule: Everything in moderation. Just because the stores start Christmas in October doesn't mean you have to. Relax and enjoy the holiday.

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