Merry Merry Christmas!
Today is Christmas!
Christmas is a big holiday for Christians. It's the day in which we celebrate the birth of Jesus. He's the dude who is sort of the main reason Christians are Christians.
On Christmas, we see our families, exchange gifts, go to church and sing Christmas carols.
Society (especially Western society) has turned the weeks leading up to Christmas into a commercial, profit-making bonanza.
And everyone has gotten sucked into it - even people who don't observe Christmas feel obligations (incited by the corporations) to get gifts for people.
It can be nicely inclusive of everyone, but in recent years the shopping and profiteering have gotten over the top.
One of the good side effects of this horrendous recession is that this year, it's seemed a little more subdued, as we all search for the true meaning of the season.
For me, I've been thankful for what I do have - I have kept my decent-paying job, I have my health, and I have wonderful friends and family.
Our Christmas tree was very small this year, and there weren't many presents under it. But simplifying life has turned out to be good for us.