Monday, December 15, 2014

OUR WORLD - Christmas madness

Recently I had occasion to be in a shopping mall
you could not see the merchandise for all the decorations

enough twinkle lights to blind the unwary

wreaths the size of small barns
floating overhead

it all put me to flight

on Saturday I had to do some shopping at a supermarket
and was overwhelmed by  columns of bears
almost twice my height

like rows and rows of soldiers bearing down on me . . .

needless to say, I fled in disorder

the spirit of Christmas was buried under
mountains of commercialism.

Whatever happened to Christmas with home made 
personalised presents and a few chocolate sweets for the children?

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  1. Ah, Christmas is different indeed!! I like my memories of Christmases past better!! Wonderful, colorful captures though!! Have a great week, Arija!!!

  2. i agree, far too much money spent at Christmas time. I stay out of the shops as much as I can.

  3. Totally agree. I just won't go shopping for the next several weeks because of all the commercialism. Bring back the true meaning of Christmas.

  4. Sigh. When time became more precious than money, many home-made, lovingly made, gifts disappeared. I miss them.

  5. Infelizmente o espírito natalino foi substituído pelo intenso desejo de consumir. Os sentimentos que envolvem o nascimento do Salvador são esquecidos.
    Muito belo seu blog. Já seguindo aqui

  6. Great photos but the thoughts are even better!

  7. Yes Arija I'll go along with the chocolates ( for Big Kids as well ) but not the mad buying frenzy which takes away from the peace & joy of the season.

  8. Wonderful and creative photography for the Holidays!

    Happy Week to you,
    artmusedog and carol

  9. All to often we forget the real Reason for this season.

  10. Are the Bears chocolate? Yes, there is too much stuff everywhere.... Michelle

    1. Yes Michelle, best Lind chocolate in every possible size from one and a half inches to almost a foot high, three whole stands of them!

  11. I also prefer a pure and sober X-mas with beautiful music in the background.
    Wil, ABCW Team.

  12. Yes. As my mother would say "too much of a muchness".
    I hate to shop anyway anytime. However I wouldn't mind just ONE of those chocolate bears. Just a small one.

  13. Oh, es weihnachtet sehr, nette Impressionen, Arija !

  14. i agree , have never seen so big size of bear inchocolate, we have tedybear made of synthetic fabric uf , uf

  15. When I have to go to the big city it is always overwhelming. I grew up in one, but now find them oppressive. - Margy

  16. It has gone very commercial hasn't it Arija, though I did really enjoy your photographs, especially of the chocolate bears, being rather partial to bears in any shape or form. I remember the chocolate coins that were hung in mesh bags on our Christmas Tree, a very Charlie Brown tree compared to today's standards, but better than any I have ever had because it brings back some lovely memories of times with my family who are no longer with us, and being so excited to see a a favorite book which I would take to bed that night and read under the covers with a flashlight.

  17. I agree what happened to a less commercial Christmas. Hopefully, it will return.

  18. I saw similar piles of bears and thought - why do we need these?

    I suppose it should have been obvious that my 'four candle' bell chime would have a deeper history than simple amusement - but it never occurred to me to find out.

    The whole family had a good sing at the school carols night last night - freezing (by Australian standards!) south wind - we sang to keep warm - other people just shivered! More fool them!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

  19. i like your ideas for Christmas. i love home made gifts....
    sorry the bears scared you, they scare people here too. ;-)
    although this time of year they are hopefully sleeping.
    sweet holidays to you Arija~

  20. I love Christmas but all of the commercialism has reduced the shopping to just plain madness. Due to reasons beyond my control, I had to do all of my shopping online this year and everything has arrived, except one more thing. Hugs to you~

  21. Arija, how interesting to see what "Christmas" looks like in an Australian store! It's just as insane here, but I try to tune it out and stay out of the stores as much as possible this time of year. I love the holiday decorations, of course. And being with family. And sitting quietly while listening to Christmas music.

    Merry Christmas to you and your family. May the beauty of nature surround you and the Spirit of the Creator envelope you with love!

  22. A simple heartfelt wish, from me to you. Have a very loving, wonderful and happy Christmas, dear Arija! xoxo


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