That’s what Christmas is all about

The Christmas special, “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” has taught generations that the true meaning of Christmas is not about the gifts – it is about celebrating the true meaning of Christmas with loved ones.

This is proven especially at the end of the episode where all the kids work together to give Charlie Brown a beautiful Christmas.

Unfortunately, it seems that society today has forgotten about this lesson and turned to commercialism rather than good will toward men. Perhaps it is time to step away from the sales bins and take a look at what is going on around us.

If you travel to the large stores or malls this holiday season, you may be shocked as to what you may see.

The way people are acting in these stores is the complete opposite of what the season is about. The sales are what attract people to the stores.

Each customer is on the hunt to find that “perfect” gift or to find many gifts to give their loved ones. They spend all their money on items that they don’t need and forget about others who may have very little.

On a recent trip to Wal-Mart, I witnessed the mayhem for myself. As soon as I entered the parking lot, cars were chasing down the perfect parking spot – not caring what other cars or people were in the way.

Then, when I walked into the store, people were hitting the sales bins like starving animals fighting over a piece of me at.

People were bumping carts with each other and cutting in front of one another. Instead of giving a friendly apology – glares and dirty looks were exchanged.

People blocked the main aisle talking to each other and not giving a second thought to the fact that other customers were trying to get around them.

While I noticed all the negativity around the store, I also noticed something that brought me down to the harsh reality in life.

As I was waiting in the ridiculously long line to cash out, I noticed an elderly gentleman checking out in front of me. He was only purchasing some warm clothes, bread and bananas.

He told the cashier that he only had $50 and asked the cashier to please do the clothing first then the food, because he could not go over his budget.

I watched the man intently as he watched the prices ring up on the screen.

I saw concern filling his face as the number went higher and higher. Here was a man that needed necessary items and possibly could not afford them.

Then I looked around and saw all the stuff that was not necessary items being purchased all around me, including the items in my own cart. My heart grew watching the gentleman in front of me.

I made up my mind that I was going to pay whatever was over his $50 budget, not for charity but because I would want someone else to help my loved ones if they needed it.

Fortunately, the man had just enough money to pay for all his items at $48.

Seeing this situation reminded me that the holidays are not about what we can purchase. Step away from the sales bins and look at the world around you.

This season is not about what you can spend on others, but it is about coming together as a community to celebrate this holiday season.

If you are able to help someone with money that would be much appreciated, but in reality just a passing smile to someone could change their life.

Coming together as a community and helping others is what this season is all about.