I have seen a lot of post on social media from friends who live away complaining about the commercialization of Christmas. About kids who were not grateful, about burnt turkeys.
Locally I have seen ZERO complaints. And we are heading into day four of a power outage for many people. Some will not get their power back until after the new year.
What I have seen is businesses opening on Christmas day and employees volunteering to work to provide the best Christmas they can for those who are struggling.
Restaurants opening up and offering free turkey dinners to those without power. Hotels offering free showers and a place to charge electronics. People loaning out or giving away spare generators. Friends and family spending the holidays in the house with power or wood heat.
For Christmas dinner yesterday we had hamburger helper, cooked in an electric frying pan powered by a generator. No complaining, not even from the kids. A lot of electronics that could not be played with were opened in many houses, with no complaining.
So for every post about people not having Christmas spirit or the holiday being too commercial, I say people have no one to blame but themselves.
Christmas happened in our town. It happened in many others. It happened because friends, family, and strangers MADE it happen.
People sacrificed in both large and small ways to make it the best possible for as many people as possible.