Omicron is certainly doing its best to shut down almost everything this Holiday shopping time of the year. When you have an economy based on consumerism, such as what we have here in The United States, any glitch to the shopping system will send ripple effects to practically all the rest of us. Thanks, in the most part, to the recent surge in Omicron cases, businesses across America are shutting down or just simply closing their doors forever. Human Beings are choosing life and family rather than shopping and spending useless paper money this holiday season.

Perhaps this pandemic has awaken many of us into showing us what truly is important in this world? It’s not a new toy or a new sweater. The gift we can give each other this Christmas is the gift of each other. If you are visiting with your family this year or hanging out with some of your closest friends, consider yourself to be lucky and blessed at the same time. If you know of anyone who will be alone this holiday season, if possible, try to connect with them, or invite them to your home, or give them a text or a phone call. Whatever you choose to do, connect with another human being and let them know you know that they are alive. You will be giving that person the greatest gift of all.

People are cancelling restaurant reservations. Company’s are cancelling employee holiday parties. Instead of shoppers lining up to buy future landfill crap, they’re lining up to get a Covid-19 Rapid tests so that they can be with their loved ones this Holiday Season. Rather than see the decline in consumer spending as something bad, maybe we should cheer the rise in human compassion as a good sign for the future of the human race.

As one NYC Saks Fifth Avenue shop owner exclaimed (click here for article):

“Our customers are getting omicron instead of buying a Dior bag.”

That one sentence should let you know what business owners think of you. They’d rather you buy their crap then concern yourself with your life and your future. That’s what consumerism does to a nation. When a country’s whole economy is based on the preoccupation of its society with the acquisition of consumer goods (in other words: consumerism) without it, the economy collapses. It’s simply a matter of time. Be prepared.

As part of my New Year’s Resolutions, I’m going to seriously think, going forward into 2022, on what will be truly important in my life. I didn’t buy any presents this year (except for my 2 granddaughters and I only spent $35 total for the both of them). I didn’t do any shopping but I did do a lot of hosting. I had my sister over for a dinner and a Holiday Light Show as seen from our car. I had my good friends (of fifty-five years) over for coffee and home-made baked goodies. I had my older daughter and her family over for a few days of skiing at a nearby, un-crowded mountain resort and I spent an afternoon with my other youngest daughter and her family for a quiet dinner at her home. DH and I took the Rapid Test, out of respect for our friends and family, prior to seeing anyone and thankfully we always tested negative.

I want to wish you, my loyal readers and friends a very blessed and safe Holiday Season. Thank you all for faithfully reading my blogs over the years and for all your respectful comments. All of you mean something special to me and I do not take any of you for granted. I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for you guys. Going into 2022 we all will have a few hard challenges to face. Hopefully we can do it all together. This is uncharted territory and there isn’t a guide book to tell us what to do. We need to take one day at a time and see what unfolds. If there is anything I learned in 2021 it is that we need to be kind to each other. Our government will do its best to protect us but in our hearts we know we are on our own. Hug your friends. Cherish your family. None of us know if we will still be together a year from now. Treat each day as if it were your last.

God bless all of you and keep you safe.

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