Happy Retail Season

Happy Holiday Retail Season
Happy Retail Season, America!

Happy Retail Season, One and All! 👿 That’s right; retail season, not Christmas season – and, at this point, we’re deep in it, with only 17 shopping days left. So, forget about our nation’s domestic enemies’ war on Christmas; and too, accept that Christians lost that war before the Left ever engaged in it. Understand the true meaning of this holiday – spending, spending, spending.

Think about it.  Christmas holiday sales comprise about 19% of the retail industries’ total sales in any given year, resulting a bit over 700 thousand “seasonal employees” being hired throughout the US to handle the holiday rush of consumers eager to the point of danger to buy stuff.

And please, don’t forget that we have to buy the decorations too.  It’s just not Christmas without a house full of decorations made by migrant laborers in a Chinese sweatshop.

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The Christmas Symptom

Christmas, Yule, or Chanukah – no matter your holiday – are not the problem in America but how most “celebrate” these holidays is certainly a major symptom of the pathology that is plaguing American society and, resultantly, politics.

Buy All The Things
Buy All The Things!

The disease or syndrome in question is, of course, rampant materialism and consumerism. It’s the root cause of almost every ill that torments America and it is a progressive illness.

Simply and sadly put, American society has not only forgotten what is important but has seemingly deprecated the importance and value of that which is immaterial. Worse, this disease’s symptoms become even more pronounced during the ever-expanding holiday season, which is now better- and more often described as the holiday shopping season, which accounts annually for 20% – 40% of the average American retailers’ total annual sales.

To put this is horrific perspective, The National Retail Federation (NRF) expects retail sales during the 2013 holiday shopping season to marginally increase 3.9% to $602.1 billion which is greater than the total GDP of 167 of the 188 nations tracked my the International Monetary Fund (IMF). So, in 33 days, Americans spend more on purchases than 166 countries make in a year. Only 20, other than the US, make more en toto per year than we spend during this time.

If this isn’t a symptom of a chronic and eventually lethal societal pathology I don’t know what is.

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Armchair Christians

Thanksgiving has past and it’s now the Christmas holiday season and, more importantly to the vast majority of Americans, it’s the official start of the Christmas shopping season. Now is time when, in an orgy of consumerism, we spend money that we don’t have on stuff that the people we give it to don’t need.

Well, in keeping with the holiday spirit and expressing my understanding that America is and always has been a Christian nation, I found the perfect gift for members of the dominant sect of Christianity in America today, the Armchair Christian.

Perfect for the Jesus of the modern armchair Christian
Jesus, Not So Much Risen As Reclined

This seems the perfect Christmas gift for them. They can sit in comfort with the trapping of those parts of their religion they’ve chosen to accept and follow wrapped about them.

Give them a few DVDs from one of the megachurches and they can nurse their form of faith in peace and comfort without any impetus to think about their duty to their God or put themselves through the exercise and discomfort of letting their religious beliefs inform their public opinions and acts, political or otherwise. 😉

NOTE: I am very much not a Christian, so when I say that America is a Christian nation is in an observation made as someone very close to being an outsider and is made with rueful acceptance, not fondness for the situation. I, unlike the Godless filth, know history, can see the present, and have reached the point of acceptance of what is.

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Understanding Our Needs

Men and women are similar but different, complimentarian parts of the greater whole known as marriage. As such, men and women have different needs and it behooves each to make those needs known to the other in a manner in which they can understand.

One night a husband and wife are getting all snugly in bed. The passion is heating up.

But then the wife stops and says, “I don t feel like it. I just want you to hold me.”

The husband says, “WHAT???” The wife explains that he must not be in tune with her emotional needs as a woman.

The husband realizes that nothing is going to happen tonight and he might as well deal with it.

So the next day the husband takes her shopping at a big dept. store. He walks around and had her try on three very expensive outfits. And then tells his wife, “We’ll take all three of them.” Then he goes over and gets matching shoes worth $200 each.

And then goes to the jewelry Dept. and gets a set of diamond earrings. The wife is so excited – she thinks her husband has flipped out, but she does not care. She goes for the tennis bracelet.

The husband says but you don’t even play tennis, but OK if you like it then lets get it.”

The wife is jumping up and down. So excited she cannot even believe what is going on. She says “I am ready to go, lets go to the cash register.”

The husband says, “No no no, honey were not going to buy all this stuff.” The wife face goes blank.

“No honey I just want you to HOLD this stuff for a while.”

Her face gets really red she is about to explode and then the husband says, “You must not be in tune with my financial needs as a MAN!”

Sometimes, in these cases, exercises and example do work better than mere words. That is not, however, to say that such lessons will be well recieved. There’s no implication that such teachable moments are going to have pleasant short-term results and I do NOT suggest doing them anywhere near the shoe department. 😉

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