I just ordered two items from Amazon so it’s official; I’m a Cyber Monday junkie. No crowds, no putting on lipstick before going out in public. My computer doesn’t care one bit if I’m still in my sweats and my hair needs combing.
Now don’t get me wrong. I don’t mind shopping…too much. It’s just that I never know what to buy for people. This year it’s working out pretty good. My granddaughter gave me a list with a few things she wants. Does anyone know what a GAK Copier is? I thought I’d have to make a trip out of town to find one. But low and behold when I typed GAK into the search engine of Amazon about a dozen different items popped up, and thankfully a GAK Copier was one of them. Now it’s on it’s way to my house and I didn’t even have to put on my shoes.
It is wonderful to be able to shop from home, but it has its drawbacks. What if that item of clothing doesn’t fit, or the person you bought something for doesn’t like the gift or already has one? You have to package it up and mail it back. You can’t just run down the street and trade it or get your money back. From the swivel chair sitting in front of my computer I can’t hear the festive music playing in shops or see all the beautiful Christmas decorations. I can’t experience the magic of the season if you don’t get out and absorb the sights, sounds and smells of Christmas.
Yes, I love being able to shop online. But when it’s all said and done I can’t fight the urge to get out in the world and mingle. To smile as wide-eyed children gather round and wait for their turn to sit on Santa’s lap. To take advantage of the opportunity to pitch a dollar or two into the Salvation Army’s red pot, to sip cider at one of the local Downtown Shops.
In this busy, crazy world that we live in let us not forget that Christmas is not about purchasing gifts and elaborate decorations. It’s about a baby that was born to a virgin over two thousand years ago. Let’s make sure to take time out of our hectic schedules to sit quietly and ponder the mysteries of life. To be thankful that a man named Jesus gave us the greatest gift of all, His life. He loved us so much that He suffered and died for our sins. You can’t purchase this gift on Amazon, or anywhere else. It’s not for sale it’s free. All you have to do is ask for it.
Be still, and know that I am God:
Everyone’s invited to the official launch of my new novel, The Color of My Heart.
Wednesday, November 28th from 5 – 7.
At The Yadkin Valley Chamber Building
116 East Market Street
Light refreshments will be served.