Barry Paschal’s column on Nov. 23 about the awful commercialization of Thanksgiving and all the holidays has been my sentiment always. I am grateful that someone like him who has a public voice has actually voiced these sentiments.
It is not that I am against business doing business, and they have every right to advertise to lure their customers into the dens of lose your mind and spend and spend. But where is the thought behind the big rush? What is the purpose?
As Paschal wrote, time and money is being spent not just for children, but even the so-called “adults” indulge in this madness.
Does anyone realize the importance of face time with our loved ones? The time and energy needed to scour the ads, show up at midnight the day before the sale to purchase stuff that will be next year’s trash might be so much put to better use.
How about cooking with the children and other members of our family? How about reading aloud together? (No texting? No sitting glued to Facebook? Oh, my!)
How about taking the same children to a soup kitchen to help serve and realize what it means to be blessed on Thanksgiving? Bringing toys to a children’s hospital or stopping at a rest home to give cheer, sing, dance or talk to folks who a lot of the time do not get visitors?
Of course you and I cannot fix all that is going awry in these strange times, but I am glad Paschal said what needed to be said about the sad state of affairs of our valueless society!
Bless you Barry for this column!
Diana Shore Joslin