By the time the Holiday arrives, children may be so excited
with pent up emotion that they rip the paper off their presents, take a look at the interior and go on to the
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Living Today. A special way of life for the Twenty-first Century.
My name is Lori Blatzheim and I am your host.
Our major holidays are important events. Let’s give the
family and the faith more attention and spend less time and attention on
At one point in time sales were held after the Holidays.
People waited for post event savings. Now, with Black Friday capturing the
interest of the country, it is difficult to ignore the circus.
Can family events diminish the need to spend Holiday hours
dashing through department stores?
Our major holidays
are important events. Let’s give the family and the faith more attention and spend
less time and attention on shopping.
Members of our Norwegian-American family celebrate a period
of time called Advent. The word Advent means the arrival of something important
When our children were young, we made it a point to have a
family dinner every Sunday evening during the four weeks prior to
Christmas. We placed a special wreath on
the table which held four candles. Each week we lit one or more candle. The
children were fascinated and watched them as the flame gently lit the room. With
each weekly dinner an additional candle was lit until all four burned brightly
on the last Sunday before Christmas arrived.
The Sunday night dinners became a time when we could
reconnect, talk about things together and celebrate our family.
How to diminish the
temptation of shopping and learn to spend time with each other?
Here are some suggestions:
Develop family traditions; a special meal, music, entertainment
Consider inserting some family events into the month before
the major holiday.
Attend festivals, celebrations, and spiritual events
Look for inexpensive local entertainment. Watch a play;
enjoy a concert at a church or school.
Walk around a shopping mall and view the colorful
Drive around the community at night and look at the
Visit with special family or friends.
Skip the Black Friday
sales or at least limit them.
Purchase your gifts in advance. Is it really worth it to
wait around until the sales, rush from store to store to store and come home
exhausted during the height of the Holiday Season?
In the end, is it
more important to have lots of gifts or to care and communicate with your
Some day you may not be able to have a family dinner. The
children may be grown. They have left due to marriage or a career far away. It
may not be possible to sit as a family and celebrate a Holiday.
Lori Blatzheim is a wife, mother,
grandmother, writer, thrift advocate, and retired nurse. She knows that use of
Thrift can help people because she has experienced the benefits.
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