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View Diary: "Clash over Christmas"? Or "Clash in Fallujah"? (127 comments)

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    I'm in an area of Ohio that has lots of Mennonites.  I find their religious tracts in various gas stations.  The ones I'm acquainted with are really good people, very loving and helpful in a crisis.
    •  The Mennonite side (none)
      of my family (my mom's side) long ago established the custom of making charitable donations in someone's name for a Christmas gift, or part of the gift.  This year, for instance, the animal shelter got money from me, as a gift to my brother and his wife; FINCA (an organization that makes small capital loans to women in developing countries, to help them become self-reliant) got money from me as a gift to my sister; and Heifer.org got money from me as a gift to my mom.  

      We get each other things, too, but not large things.  (My niece, who is a wizard baker and candy-maker, will send me a couple of pounds of homemade chocolates.  Yummmmm!!)  As we all get older, it's a lot more fun to do Christmas this way.  None of us particularly wants more stuff in our lives, and it's fun to see what donations or causes we've chosen.

      The rant about the commercialization of Christmas is not one that the wingnuts began or own.  Even if Christmas is not about Christ, it is traditionally about loving and giving, not about amassing and acquiring.  If people cut their shopping by 50%, it would be a quantum improvement in the holiday, IMO.

      "When fanatics are on top there is no limit to oppression" -- H.L. Mencken

      by cinnamondog on Fri Dec 24, 2004 at 06:02:37 AM PST

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      •  I agree (none)
        I used to make pomanders when I was a kid, and those were my presents.  You stick cloves in every inch of an orange, roll in alum, hang in a net bag for a month and voila, a lovely scented closet pomander.  Of course my parents were very frugal Depression-era people, so we didn't spend a lot period.
        •  We made those too-- (none)
          Weren't they great?  What a nice smell, especially compared to all the chemical crap on the market today.  My mom always had lengths of brocaded ribbon that we'd tie around them to hang them.

          Merry Christmas!

          "When fanatics are on top there is no limit to oppression" -- H.L. Mencken

          by cinnamondog on Fri Dec 24, 2004 at 01:35:46 PM PST

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          •  Cinnamondog, (none)
            Merry Christmas!
            You know, I had to grow up to find out that other people didn't push the cloves in with their fingers. They poked the orange all over with an ice pick first.
            Man, would that have made it easier! I guess we had good callouses, though. ;-)

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