To the Journal editor:
We are soon approaching Dec. 25. The day we celebrate the coming of Jesus Christ into the world. It sure has changed a lot since I was a child in the 1940s and 50s.
It was not until after Thanksgiving that we started the Christmas season. I noticed some stores had Christmas decorations out in late September. We seem to have lost the real meaning of Christmas.
I can't believe all the material items in the stores. Each year it seems to be more stuff. Just think 70 percent of our economy is buying material goods. What happens if people are not able to keep buying?
The commercials and advertising are overwhelming. TV, magazines, newspapers, etc. The constant push to buy more. I'm turned off from all of this. I've talked to other people who agree. It's a lot of undo stress.
I'm glad I'm back into the spiritual part of Christmas. It's about God's great gift of his son Jesus coming to save us from our worldly way of living. It's more about love, family, helping those in need.
Not the abundance of things, but having what really counts that is food to eat, a decent home, a job to make a living. How about good health and more or less what we need to be content.
That's what the Lord did for me. I don't need all the stuff anymore. Forgiveness won by Christ and the promise of something much better than worldly things.
So come Christmas Day I will celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ and be thankful to God for the best Christmas gift ever: a promise to be in his kingdom when I will be called home.
May the peace of the Lord be with you all and Merry Christmas.