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    Default Change your thinking!

    folks: someone posted a note on here: starting: I know that for

    birthdays & Christmas all things should be new: WHO STARTED THAT

    THOUGHT? The Megacorporations! NOT A NORMAL HUMAN BEING! THEY started

    the thought, THEY started the "feel guilty" if you can't afford to

    get it ALL ALL ALL concept to TRICK the citizens of the USA into buy

    more buy more buy more! STOP the insanity. STOP feeling guilty. STOP

    giving them your hard earned money! Why do you think they bombard you

    with these? IT IS PSYCHOLOGICAL WARFARE; directed against you which

    by the way is illegal in this country; oh, a DESIGNER handbag! 5 easy

    payments of $89.95 a month! WHY when I get them at church sales for

    50 cents; pick them up at Goodwill, thrift stores, even yard sales

    for LESS? Got a Sak purse salvation army $1.00; gave it to someone at

    Christmas time; SHE knew the brand, knew ME: was SHE upset I didn't

    pay megabucks for it? NO! Got a Victor Costa embroidered sweater coat

    for $4.99 at Goodwill; gave to Sister; was SHE upset I didn't pay $80

    plus s&h to get 'brand new" NO! Got a pair of Birkis for $1.99

    Goodwill; did I whine I didn't pay $70 to get brand new? Folks: THESE

    had NEVER BEEN WORN; had SAT in someones closet along with multitude

    of others they HAD paid full price on, then went to Goodwill. Got

    grandson a bike with expensive helmut & bicycle pump for $40; used;

    for his birthday; early in fact; got it towards end of April when

    passed & saw the FREE sign on file cabinet along with the bike; I

    took both; said happy birthday early! He had tried it out & was

    thrilled; but said "it's to much money"; I said NO it's not; & told

    him to put helmut on & be careful riding home; I explained to him

    that the cheapest helmut at Walmart was $19; so it was in fact a

    GREAT buy; of course he got birthday cake etc on birthday but he was

    in 7th heaven over the bike; he didn't care if it was used or not;


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    J Diane Northcutt

    Default Change your thinking!

    folks: someone posted a note on here: starting: I know that for
    birthdays & Christmas all things should be new:
    Go to the Library, beg ,borrow or steal a copy of 'Unplug the Christmas Machine'. Learn the history of how Merchants have manipulated our holidays. Through mass marketing, using industrial psychologist, they have learned how to pull our strings.
    For Merchants, Christmas is the big season of ther year. They are the masterminds behind that not us.



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    Ann Garner

    Default Change your thinking!

    At 08:51 PM 7/4/2008, you wrote:

    >folks: someone posted a note on here: starting: I know that for

    >birthdays & Christmas all things should be new:

    >SAYS WHO!


    I definitely do *NOT* say it. After all, antiques are not new. My

    sister loves the rose glass, and I managed to get her a rose glass

    chicken on a basket candy dish that is older than she is.

    Ann in Arkansas

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    stephanie b

    Default Change your thinking!

    I agree that items do not always have to be "new". Last year we struggled terribly so I gave my daughter some things that were gently used, (clothes, books, etc.) She was perfectly happy.

    We have comercialized everything so much that we don't focus on the people as much as the we do the things that we try to buy for them. I would like to encourage everyone (especially those with children) to try getting a gift for a person who is less fortunate. If you can't do money volunteer, teach, share, write a note. Give in the name of another. It is not about the things as it is about the love you show the person.

    Recently my friend was cleaning out her spare room only to have garbage bags of things that she did not need or want that were given as gifts, so please remember it is not about the quantity, and not about the price tag, as it is about the love and thought that goes into a gift and more gifts DOES NOT mean more love.




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