November 26, 2014

Charlie Brown had it right

By Greg Buckner
Staff Writer | reporter@ogemawherald.com
Posted 11/29/11

One of my favorite holiday traditions has to be watching the Charlie Brown holiday specials.

I don’t know what it is, but those cartoons take me back to a simpler time in my life, when I didn’t have adult-life problems like student debt and learning how to cook.

Specifically, I love how the Charlie Brown Christmas special hits on how the holidays have become a commercialized spectacle of greed.

This really hits home, as every Thanksgiving holiday I witness droves of fools who set up tents and line up outside of department stores on the “holiday” of Black Friday. To me, it’s frightening to see people plan their entire holiday weekend around standing in line all night just to get a TV for $20 off.

What happened to spending time with your family and relaxing?

In today’s culture, the trend is becoming more and more about having an obscene amount of possessions and status-symbol goods than being thankful for what you have.

Don’t get me wrong, I have developed a love of technology over the years and I try to keep up with the latest trends. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to spoil yourself a little from time to time.

But when gearing up like a commando going into battle for a shopping trip becomes the norm, that’s when things are getting out of hand.

You hear the horror stories on the news of people getting trampled as the doors open on Black Friday, and people fighting one another over a Tickle Me Elmo (That takes you back, doesn’t it?). With each and every instance I hear of, I weep a little for the future of humanity because another human’s well-being is thought to be less valuable than discounted computers.

So as you spend time with your family during the holiday season, try spending it at home playing a football game, going on a hunting trip or just sitting around the living room with your family.

The TV on sale at Best Buy can wait a couple hours, and you might save yourself from becoming a floor mat once the doors open up.

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