Less con­sumerism, more re­flec­tion

Edmonton Journal - - EDITORIAL -

Why is it that we don’t even get past Hal­loween and we’re al­ready bom­barded with the Christ­mas mad­ness? And es­pe­cially be­fore Re­mem­brance Day!

Yes, we live in a very di­verse so­ci­ety now, but why does the true mes­sage of Christ­mas get drowned out and al­most over­looked? For many Cana­di­ans, Christ­mas is the cel­e­bra­tion of Christ’s birth, and the hope that birth gives.

It’s past time to stop the con­sumer mad­ness of Christ­mas. It is truly time to re­mem­ber those who fought and those who died in so many wars, and the many who suf­fer in si­lence with PTSD, along with their fam­i­lies. It is time we re­flect that what we have is be­cause of what those brave men and women sac­ri­ficed for all of us.

Ad­vent will come very soon. It is time, re­gard­less of our re­li­gious be­liefs, to use that time to think about what is re­ally im­por­tant.

Michelle Bentt, Ed­mon­ton

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