Sunday, December 11, 2011

Christmas In The Simple Times

OK~ I'm thinking of Christmas today. Our tree is decorated and there are presents underneath the tree. Due to the fact that our stockings were soaked in the Springtime Iowa rains that came (found them a couple weeks ago) we do not have stockings on the fireplace this year, and so far, there are no complaints. I was thinking of how simple Christmas used to seem to be. Maybe it's because life was different in the 1960's and 1970's...But, were things really that different?

Yep, back in the day I could not wait to receive the Sears Roebuck Christmas Catalog in the mail- that was an exciting day in the house that I grew up in! Now can Google anything they wish for- all year long. So, we now have Difference #1!

And back in the day Santa was in town for a few days! Now today kids can chat with Santa online and see Santa on many corners in their local communities for several weeks on end.  Probably not a bad thing, but it just goes to show how things have changed. We've now nailed down Difference #2!

The presents seemed a lot simpler. I was ten years old and rather delighted to have a doll or even a Barbie doll under the tree. Of course, I enjoyed the three story doll house that also arrived. Today kids as young as five are requesting cell phones and actually receiving them!  My brother, sister and I usually received one large family gift and it was often a fun, new electronic device that Radio Shack had recently put into the market place. So, even as a child growing up I did get some pretty cool, up to date presents! Wow.....Difference #3 is a Big one!

As we all contemplate celebrating the birth of Baby Jesus, it's so easy to get caught up in all of this "stuff." Life seemed a lot simpler in my childhood days, but when I really think about it. Christmas is still Christmas- it's all about a little baby. It's not about the "stuff", the stockings, the presents, or even what pattern of wrapping paper is in your home.

I don't know about you...But I really think Christmas used to be a lot simpler. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

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