I' ve watched people speeding along in their cars like it was the Indianapolis 500, changing lanes repeatedly, running red lights, illegally parking, and all just to get in some huge line to be a part of something the "MAN" tells them that they have to have, or they are somehow less of a person. Every year you see these poor brainwashed individuals on T. V. running through the aisles looking for that greatly reduced item that they have been told they just can't do without . There are, of course the inevitable fights, injuries, and occasionally an unfortunate death. And all of this just so little Susie, or Willie, can have that toy that the woman on T. V. says they have to have !
When people ask me why I am so negative about these Christian / corporate holidays, I just look them straight in the eyes and remind them that all this materialistic crap does not make you any happier or more fulfilled . As a matter of fact the suicide rate goes up dramatically at this time of the year ! I explain to them that in days long gone by we did not have all these fancy electronics, toys and other gadgets, and yet these simple people were a lot happier and content then we are today. And by our standards they lived in near poverty. They were happy because they understood what really mattered in life. They understood traditions and heritage. They understood that family, friends, and community were more important than materialistic things. They had a closer relationship and appreciation for nature, then we do today. It is hard to appreciate nature when you sit inside playing video games, or walk with your head down text - messaging. We don't understand, or appreciate any of these things today, because you can't own them, or collect them, and can't hold them in your hands. Modern conveniences have given us so much more time. And what do we do with this free time ? We waste it doing nothing ! If this is man's progress in a modern world then I would like to go back to a simpler time when "Real" things had meaning, and leave all this modern crap behind !
Go with Odin's wisdom, Freyja's love, and Thor's protection !