-- MAGGIE LITTLE, Kennewick
Thanksgiving and Christmas are my favorite holidays. Always have been and always will be. To me, this special time of year means spending extra time with my family decorating our home with all sorts of decorations, many of which are hand-me-downs from my grandparents; the perfect time to share a hot cup of tea and a good laugh with some close friends; and the time of year to enjoy the simple yet meaningful pleasures of life with the people you love and to be thankful for all we have been given in this life.
Unfortunately, to many people Christmas has become all about the expensive gifts and Thanksgiving all about Black Friday, the way to purchase those gifts. I'm all for saving money and the spirit of giving but how much is all that really worth? Do you honestly believe rushing out to the nearest store as soon as Thanksgiving dinner is over will mean more to your child then spending that special time with them? This holiday season, don't let society take away precious meaning of Thanksgiving, Christmas, family and tradition just to take advantage of "door-busters." Instead, stay home and craft homemade gifts with the ones you love.