(Before you read my comments, I want you to know that I’m not a total Scrooge. I regularly give to church related charities.)
Have we as a society gotten carried away with charity gift giving during the month of December?
A lot of organizations give gifts to “disadvantaged” children, but the gift giving is done weeks before Christmas. The problem I have with this is that on Christmas morning, children are not waking up to a wrapped present under their Christmas Tree. How does getting a gift on December 15th add to your Christmas morning? (I’m using December 15th as a random date.)
I know of a fireman who works in a community heavily populated with Muslims. The fire department sponsors a gift giving party in December. I asked him if Muslim children attend the party, and if they receive gifts. He said, “Of course they attend and are given gifts. We can’t turn them away”. This statement is not anti-Muslim. I’m simply pointing out that the idea is to give a child a gift in December so that they have something to open on Christmas morning. Giving Muslim children a gift on December 15th has nothing whatsoever to with Christmas.
Every year the local TV News shows a policemen accompanying a child to a store so that the child can buy $100 worth of gifts. Whatever gift that child buys on that shopping spree is not going to be wrapped and opened on Christmas morning.
Last year my office organized a gift giving event. One “needy” child wanted a Selfie-Stick. This implies that the “needy” child has a cell phone.
I’m just turned off on “giving”, so that a “needy” child has a Merry Christmas. I wonder if the gifts are going to “needy” children, or are they going to children of greedy parents? Please feel free to tell me I’m wrong.