Sunday, November 30, 2008

Sharing Thanksgiving

This past Thanksgiving break I enjoyed the traditional festivities that take place every year. This included vast amounts of turkey, stuffing, and that weird looking cranberry stuff. Apart from the annual activities my family decided to do something a little different this year. We helped out at the NAM Thanksgiving, which served the homeless or people who simply couldn't afford the appropriate ingredients to make a sufficient meal. This was our second time in the past couple years to help out. Having the opportunity to give someone a chance to celebrate a holiday was truly a blessing. I hope to continue this service in the future.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

All I Want For Christmas? Or "Need"?

Every year at Christmastime, I have looked forward to the family, the friends, and the food. But let's be honest, everyone knows that Christmas involves the presents. However, this year, I am convinced that the presents aren't as important. Maybe it's because I'm getting older, or perhaps I'm more conscious of the failing economy. When my mom asked me about my list, I really could not come up with anything. What is it that I want for Christmas? My response: nothing. Because that's exactly it. Christmas is not about wants. Christmas is about needs. What is it that I need for Christmas? I need my family, my friends, and of course, a good meal. I don't need a new iPod or a Burberry scarf. So this year, I'm challenging myself and my family: in these rough times, let's use the economy not as an excuse for less presents under the tree, but as an excuse to realize how wants overtake our lives. It's about time we examine our greedy nature and step back to reevaluate the difference between wants and needs.