There are a few contributing factors. I believe that people don’t want to lie anymore, because as we know it costs to lie- and celebrate about the lie. This could be a metaphor used in everyday life. People are disenchanted with the idea of the holidays being spirit-filled with Joy of family gathering.
As the truth continues to shared about Thanksgiving, people feel less obligated to feast over the historical treasure of a massacre- blood shed, indigenous war.
And, during a time when children are much smarter is seems that they come out of the wound knowing how to fix cars and build a home stereo system before we can read the manual- they are disbelieving of the existence of Santa pass age 8.
The economical advantage that the GDP aimed for during the holidays has seemingly backfired. Too much of anything is imbalance. Now people are not buying as much for their children. How many toys did they need anyway?
The biggest thing that I believe is changing the dynamics of the Holiday giving and its Joy, is family. Families are giving up the secrets of incest, and child sexual abuse for peace of mind and an effort to heal from trauma. As a result, family members are taking sides- some the side of the predator- and the traditions which have made the family a unit, are being lost in tearful agony.
Not every family of course, but I am proud of those who have steps even unrelated to child sexual abuse secrets, to moralize their existence by being honest about love- what it means, what it is, and what it does, and honest about their relationships.
Not every family will overcome the pain of child sexual abuse and incestuous relationships, or other situations that cause deep painful gorges in the soul. However, the strength to know that you have the ability to reconcile all of your truths with God is comforting- and the ability to forgive those, for yourself who have harmed you.
You can create your own family over time and often those relationships are deeper than giving just at holidays. Those relationships are not based on money, obligation or appearance. The gifts seem to mean more and are carefully picked out.
This holiday season, I encourage you to follow your heart. Be a giver everyday, and choose family who will love you in action.
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