Yup, it’s that time of year again. We’ve all given our thanks and shown our gratitude for our families, friends, coworkers, defenders and whatever else we are thankful for. But now the gloves are off and it’s time to get down to the business of shopping & materialism. Or as we like to say it now, “SAVING THE ECONOMY!”
I’m all for saving the economy, but I’ve noticed that after the turkey euphoria has worn off, the grateful, pleasant attitudes are replaced with Rude & Grumpy. People rush, to and fro trying to spend their money on the best deal on the absolute best physical purchase. They bump each other, shove each other, try to get in front of everyone, yell and even make threats of bodily harm. Last year there was a murder and an assault outside of two separate Wal-Marts before 9 am on Black Friday. And so begins the season of giving.
During this time of year, customers become angry, retail associates lose their temper, Santas get peed on, kids cry, parents yell, bosses demand more, employees are stretched to the breaking point, domestic violence increases, random acts of violence & rudeness become regular news, suicides rise, substance abuse increases, burglaries and petty theft rise, and more elderly people find themselves alone. On top of it all, there are people yelling about how their civil liberties are being squashed so they want to squash everyone else’s as well and take away the simple joy of giving a gift to someone and wishing them well.
It truly is the grumpiest time of the season as tempers grow shorter and the big day gets closer and closer.
Although I do love this time of year. I love the look of the season. I love the way random acts of kindness also rise. I love the way people smile just a little more, and extend the hand of help more. I love that this time of year has it’s own soundtrack that everyone knows. I love Christmas and the holidays around it. But I’m no longer blinded by the glitter. I’m more vigilant at this time of year. I watch closely who is near me. I pay special attention to the person with the furrowed brow and haggard look. I steer clear of the overworked and underpaid. Everyone deserves to have joy this season, but it should never be at the expense of causing harm to another. During this time of year, be careful. Enjoy the season. But remain ever vigilant. Don’t let the “grumpies” ruin your season and above all fight becoming a “grumpy.”