We know that Christmas marketing started months ago, and you have been bombarded by ads for Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales. Gifts you didn’t even know you wanted are popping up on your phone or Facebook page and enticing you to “click here” for the best deals. Just the other day I was trying to work (online of course) and I kept getting pop-ups for sales on boots because I recently bought a pair. I do not block the pop-ups because it sometimes stops important things from coming through. So I keep ignoring the ads, but they keep coming. And then I see these amazing boots for only $6.99! I figure it’s a gimmick just to get me to click on it, but I do it anyway just to see what the catch is. Funny thing is, there is no gimmick. They really are $6.99! Of course I bought a pair. Now I have two pairs of boots, and they are both awesome. Sometimes pop-ups are good.
This is how many companies get more sales. They get me to buy a cheap pair of boots and then I tell other people and they tell people. Eventually they will raise the price of the boots by just a bit, but people will still buy them. They will keep raising that price until they get to that point where sales start dropping off. This is a good marketing ploy. But, I think we both benefitted from the ploy because I got a really awesome pair of boots for $6.99.
So, what have you been enticed into buying this year? Have you finished your Christmas shopping? Did you do the Black Friday thing and brave the stores or did you stay at home and shop online? The meaning of Christmas has really been lost I think.
Does anyone really know what Christmas originally stood for? I actually had to look it up online to remember since I am not religious and I wanted to be sure of what I was writing about. And the truth is, Christmas means different things to different people, but one thing for sure - it was never about getting the biggest TV for the best price on the day after Thanksgiving.
According to Wikipedia “Christmas or Christmas Day (Old English: Crīstesmæsse, meaning "Christ's Mass") is an annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, observed most commonly on December 25th as a religious and cultural celebration among billions of people around the world.” But, technically, there is no record of Jesus’ birth in the New Testament or any other historical record.
The oldest story of Santa Claus “Saint Nicholas of Myra, a Greek Christian figure known for his generosity to the poor” (Wiley & Sons, 2015) in the fourth century. The gift-giving theme was just supposed to be about those who gave gifts to Mary in the “manger” when He was born. The tree-lighting, decorations, and eating like a pig was all made up way after the fact, and really is not related to the church or Jesus.
Many of us embrace the season of giving by buying gifts for all of our loved ones and some even donate time, money, and toys to charities to help those in need. Those who do not have money to buy gifts for their children at Christmas do not look forward to the holiday. Most of them struggle just to get food and pay the bills every month, and they have nothing left for Christmas presents.
Maybe it is time that we each put ourselves into their shoes and see how stressful and painful this time of year is for them. I have been there. The kids are all excited and talking about what they want for Christmas. They expect Santa to bring them what they ask for, but mom and dad know that Santa does not have the money to buy them what they want. They cannot tell the kids that Santa is not real so they have to try to figure out how to get at least one thing that they ask for. Some families are able to get gifts donated to them by organizations that help, but what about those that cannot get that help?
So, this year maybe we should each think about what we already have. Spend Thanksgiving with family at home rather than fighting the crowds at the store to get those great sales. If you have your family that is all you need. That TV is nice, but can it give you a hug when you are sad? Appreciate your family and friends. Spend more time just talking rather than giving gifts. The best gift you can give is yourself. Just Some of My Thoughts.