Abuse of Schultz aside, if it weren't for the three kings and a little baby, we wouldn't have a reminder to be charitable at least once a year. Americans may have the "be grateful" thing at Thanksgiving, but the whole Western world also needs that "be charitable" thing. Christmas always serves as a reminder of that - after all the decorating is done, the gifts are opened and the food is eaten. Thanks to schmaltzy movies and the general mood of people and some folks who remember the history of the holiday, we get the other message: It isn't just about the pretty lights, the gifts or the eating, but about being nice and generous and thoughtful and even spiritual. Remember, this is the time of year when we all wish for peace on Earth.
I don't know if the news made it across the pond, but this year saw Giving Tuesday follow Black Friday and Cyber Monday for the first time. I think some people are beginning to wake up and think outside the box.
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