However, the electric pull of consumerism hits everyone, so I have made some different choices for my family because, I am not a scrooge. My children will still get a few surprises (from Santa) and many things they need this time of year to finish the school year strong. We enjoy the delicious food that everyone looks forward too this time of year. We share our blessings with those whom we know & whom we do not know and the frantic pace that has been set by those drivers of consumerism are held at bay. We seek the good in people & try to share the light, knowing the history of where the tradition of Christmas has come from. We take the parts that work for us & incorporate them into our family traditions but leave many of the others out & I can truly say that it is a peace filled time for us. I wish everyone a Merry Christmas and prosperous New Year and ask that you remember that "Jesus is the reason for the season."