This is one of the bleaker Christmases I can remember. Most everyone is totally freaked about money. Even if they haven’t lost their own, they worry they will. Even in prosperous times, I think spending a bunch of money on adults is silly. Buy the kids presents. My family does a Secret Santa for the older set, so there is something to open. But years back, I got physically and financially exhausted from buying everyone presents. And as I said years ago to my family, “Unless you can give me a development deal at ABC, anything I want I can get myself.” Since I don’t think they are going to buy me a week cruising the Greek Islands, that’s basically correct. And isn’t better to give to charity?
But this year I’m having a change of heart. Businesses, small and large even, are the charities. Witness how charitable our government has to be to the financial markets, to the car companies. I know some sweet small stores that wait for hours for a $30 sale.
So if you have any, go ahead, and spend some money. The law of circulation; it all goes around. I don’t know if it’s what Jesus would do. But with these great sales, maybe he would.