Tuesday, December 18, 2007

We're still here. : )

Have you got your Christmas shopping done yet? I'm sure not done. Some of my kids are so easy to buy for it's hard not to get them too much and others..well..

Anyway, I've certainly been to the mall more than I care to lately. Saturday S. and I went poking around downtown but since R. was our ride we left early and went to the mall. We both noticed our responses were a lot different at the mall than at the local long running craft fair Saturday Market. At Saturday Market we were saying "Oh, I like this, I like that, I wish I had more money!" But at the mall it was more an indifferent "hmm, yeah, that's kinda cute." There's just something about mass marketing that doesn't hold a lot of interest I guess.

I'm feeling a little perturbed about Christmas culture in general this year. I guess it was sparked by a CD my MIL gave us (probably because she didn't like it. She just can't seem to bear to use a garbage can.) All the songs are so chintzy cheap on it. Why must we hear about grandma getting run over by a rain deer every single year? How did we go from "Masters In This Hall" and "Lo How a Rose E'er Blooming" to "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus"? And there's all these potty humor Santas up in a store near us. Ugh. It depressing me because it's just another sign of the descent our culture is taking. All the beauty and grandeur being traded in for a cheap laugh.

Ugh, well, it's up to us! We are the ones who are going to teach the next generation what it's really all about! Better get back to it!

6 comments:

Marbel said...

We were in a mall today for the first time in a long time. I was so disgusted by so much! And I remembered why I said we weren't goin to malls anymore. We went to some Christmas-y displays at the big Macy's in downtown Phila. Very nice. But why does the main thoroughfare through the store - and the way to the men's bathroom - have to lead through the women's lingerie department?

Glad to have you back.

Musings from Me said...

Yes Welcome Back!!! :) even though I've just started reading your blog, I've missed your writings this week!! I agree with you on the Christmas cheesiness in the malls, I've avoided them as well, by not buying for anyone! :) Cheating I know, but there are very few people that I buy for, so I've been able to purchase from small family owned shops mostly.

I'm attempting my own blog as well again ... check it out if you have time ...

Enjoy your shopping and the season, never forgetting the reason for the season!

Musings from Me said...

oops, that was me... Brenda :)

Mrs. Darling said...

Well now I sorta like the mall at Christmas. There's something about the hustle and bustle of it all that just gets in my blood. Of course I also like the quietness of morning when I sit by the tree and reflect on what happened long ago in those Judean hills. There has to be a balance. But to me the mall is part of the balance. It goes along with "City sidewalks, busy sidewalks dressed in holdiay style."

kerri @ gladoil said...

Yeah, but I DO like city sidewalks etc. City sidewalks are interesting (a party of storm troopers were ringing the salvation army bell outside mier & franks-I love to people watch) It isn't the hustle and bustle that bothers me, it's just the cheapness of the merchandise, the same old stuff from store to store.. It just lacks imagination to me. But hey, if you like the mall, that's fine with me-I'll like you anyway. :)

Susan in Elk Grove, CA said...

Amen, sister! Taking dominion is a generational thing, you know. We need to just patiently push forward. And we need to remember to pray for one another, as well!