Experts Still Predict Dismal Holiday Season — I just read that headline in our Centre Daily Times — black Friday issue — and before I read the article, the first thought in my mind was…which experts? Was it the Kindness Experts and were they predicting that this Christmas season fewer people will do something nice this Christmas season? Was it the Generosity Experts and the prediction is an increase of the Scrooge-like mentality? Was it the Family Experts predicting that fewer families would gather on Christmas day to spend time together? Or perhaps it was the Worship Experts predicting that fewer people would be moved by Silent Night, Holy NIght, that fewer people will ponder the incredible wonder of God-in-the-flesh born in a manger, that for some reason Christmas Eve worship gatherings would lack a sense of awe?
No of course not, it was the Economic Experts. Black Friday ushers in the holiday shopping season — This is NOT a black friday rant. Many people whom I love, celebrate the day in many diverse and unusual ways, have fun mom :) — and the concern is that the dismal economic outlook threatens to keep shoppers credit cards securely in their pocket. All I want to say is that as counter-intuitive as it might seem, keeping our credit cards in our wallets might ultimately lead to great Christmas and a much less dismal new year.
If our Christmas is to go deeper than the economy, we probably need to start with some true Christmas experts, like Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. That’s right, go back to the beginning the ancient, authentic stories of Christmas. Then check out a couple of websites like Rethinking Christmas or Advent Conspiracy. Then take a moment or two…or three or four and dream about the kind of Christmas season you would like to experience this year. Finally make a plan, don’t overdo it… this isn’t meant to be an added stress-list. Start with just two or three things that you want to do differently this year.
Let me know what you come up with… and let’s confound the experts.