It seems rather strange to go into a store and see end of summer sale items, Halloween costumes, Remembrance Day poppies and Christmas decorations all at the same time. Somehow we have begun blurring the holidays into one big merchandising extravaganza.

A lot of things have changed over the years. It is no longer just an orange and some peanuts in a homemade stocking and one gift. Now the theme seems to be “bigger and better”. We are bombarded with temptations for buying that is combined with an underlying message that it is our job to make others happy and giving them what they want will accomplish the goal. Read More