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Angels We Have Heard on High Tell Us To Go Out and Buy

For weeks, my email in-box has been stuffed. I have discovered that rather than patronizing one or two major merchants for all my shopping needs, I spread the shopping love around. Large stores, small stores, local stores, online stores. Hardware stores, clothing stores, kitchen stores, tech stores. There are stores I go to when shopping for myself, stores I know that have just what Mrs Dr Peterr needs, and stores that The Kid adores, plus all of those other places that have the things I need when I shop for others.

And every one of them — every single one of them — has been sending me holiday messages for the last several weeks.

Before Black Friday, they were teasing their doorbuster sales, and then it was their Cyber Monday deals. “Here’s our three day deal . .  .” became “Shop now, before things run out . . .” which turned into “Hurry — only six hours left!” which was followed two hours later by “Only four hours left” and then by a then two hour warning. In the past week, they have been giving the countdown to Free Shipping, then “We can still get it to you by Christmas” and then “Gift cards make great stocking stuffers, and you can print it out at home!” I awoke this morning with relief: finally, Christmas is here, and the emails will stop.

Boy, was I wrong.

The email box had messages with subject lines like “Check out our After Christmas sales!” and “Didn’t get what you want?”

Years ago, a wise prophet named Tom Lehrer said to his audience that all our Christmas carols failed to capture the true meaning of the season, so he wrote one to remedy the situation.

As for me, I’ll stick with the songs that tell a different story — a story of hope. Oh, and I’ll be looking at all those emails, and thanking those stores that showed some restraint.


Photo h/t and my condolences to Bobbie Johnson, who appears to have the same issue. (Used under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license)

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I'm an ordained Lutheran pastor with a passion for language, progressive politics, and the intersection of people's inner sets of ideals and beliefs (aka "faith" to many) and their political actions. I mostly comment around here, but offer a weekly post or two as well. With the role that conservative Christianity plays in the current Republican politics, I believe that progressives ignore the dynamics of religion, religious language, and religiously-inspired actions at our own peril. I am also incensed at what the TheoCons have done to the public impression of Christianity, and don't want their twisted version of it to go unchallenged in the wider world. I'm a midwesterner, now living in the Kansas City area, but also spent ten years living in the SF Bay area. I'm married to a wonderful microbiologist (she's wonderful all the way around, not just at science) and have a great little Kid, for whom I am the primary caretaker these days. I love the discussions around here, especially the combination of humor and seriousness that lets us take on incredibly tough stuff while keeping it all in perspective and treating one another with respect.

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