Tonight we went out with the express purpose of Christmas shopping. Alas, it won’t be my last. As one who eschews commercialism, Christmas has become a mixed blessing. The rampant growth of consumerism is frightening, especially this holiday season, when the powers that be hope that we common folk will help purchase our way out of the recession. Lest we forget that the common folk are already financially stressed due to cut backs and job losses. Lest we also forget that shiny packages topped with bows do not produce joy.
Tomorrow I’ll need to head out for another foray into the consumer wilderness. I’ll help to buy Canada out of it’s recession and I’ll secure temporary happiness for my children. I’ll do it, but I won’t enjoy it.