We all love this time of year...the parades, the concerts, the parties, and of course the shopping.
First, I hope you will support your local stores and spend your money locally. When you shop online or from a catalog, you are taking money away from your local store's profits, many of which are owned or operated by your friends and neighbors. They also employ many of our local citizens whose job depends on those local profits.
Second, if you're like me, you have received more catalogs than ever before. They are so happy to wish me a "happy non-specified holiday". Why do they seem to forget that other name for the December 25th celebration?
From Orvis, I got their "holiday catalog"; from Pottery Barn, a "very merry holiday with lots of surprises"; from Edwin Watts, "hoping all your holiday wishes come true". Running behind? Cabela's has "last minute holiday shopping, holiday baking, holiday decorating, and holiday entertaining"... it's crazy!
So consider this, as soon as you read this commentary, throw those catalogs away.
Do these large companies realize that by trying so hard not to offend anyone, they are offending the more than 90 percent of us who celebrate Christmas? Who do they think are more likely to buy their Christmas presents than those of us who celebrate Christmas?
So I say "Merry Christmas" and shop locally.
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