Oprah too?

This time of the year, people look forward to the craziness that is Oprah’s Favorite Things- where the lucky audience is the recipient of thousands of dollars worth of the “coolest” products that will make all your friends green with envy.

In light of all the bad economic news that keeps coming at you like the Energizer Bunny, Oprah is going to scale down this show and highlight inexpensive ways to create a fabulous (and one would surmise, a meaningful) holiday. This is the kind of thing one is seeing more and more of- how it is okay not to have the newest, shiniest, biggest <insert noun here> on the block to blow the Jones’ out of the water.

I can see how an extravagant show about things that most of us cannot afford could be a little gauche (okay, a little more gauche). How disappointed will the audience be when what has been akin to winning the lottery will become something (presumably) more homemade or symbolic?

More than the “things,” I was fascinated by the reaction of the people in the audience. You would think that the Beatles had landed on U.S. shores for the first time (or the cast of Twilight for you youngsters).

For me, Christmas has never really been about the presents.

Being Buddhist might have something to do with it.

The holidays have always been an opportunity for my family to spend time together. As a child, my parents would make an effort to do some Christmasy things so we wouldn’t feel left out. The effort was great even if the execution left much to be desired. (It would make Martha itch). My favourite gift ever (from my parents) was a new set of pencil crayons and a pad of coloured construction paper. 

Sounds a little crazy considering how kids’ toys tend to take over houses these days but this may be something we will be heading towards out of necessity. That may depend on how fearful the general public gets. Many of us may be in denial and the shock may be catastrophic.

Now may be the time to look at what is really important to us….

Oprah will show us the way.


~ by angryegg on November 26, 2008.

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