“‘Tis the season to be jolly.” These and similar sounds will continue assaulting our ears in shopping malls and on TV until year’s end. The sole purpose is to empty your wallet and max out your credit cards. Wasn’t the season originally about celebrating the birth of our Lord? Your children will vociferously assure you that they cannot live another day without Laughing Elmo. Your common sense must replace childish desires and corporate avarice. Laughing Elmo will quickly join Tickle Me Elmo in a corner gathering dust, probably before its batteries wear out. Put away those credit cards. Better yet, cut them up. Their only purpose is to con you into buying things you do not need and cannot afford. Give your children what they really need: you. Stop working so hard for money to buy those toxic and defective Chinese products. Your children are your future. Read to them, help them with their school work, teach them to use their imagination so they can have fun without thousands of dollars’ worth of junk. By your example, show them what is truly valuable. People. Relationships. Us. Not money, not material possessions, just us.
Barrie Johnson, Exeland