This is the time of year every kid looks forward to those surprises under the tree. However, it is also a stressful time of year followed by the January credit card bills.
When we think back to our younger days, what are our memories? Do kids appreciate the many hours fighting through crowds that parents spend trying to find the Wii?
No, they will not appreciate it. So make some favorite holiday memories of your own. In our family, we always have small gifts around the tree that make up our Christmas breakfast. It is always items that we can not afford any other time of year. It is fun trying caviar, oysters, and other one time fun items. So please make some of your own favorite memories. Those memories will last a lot longer than the Christmas from China.
My Favorite Holiday Jokes.
1. Why does Santa have 3 gardens? So he can ho, ho, ho.
2. What do Elves learn in school? The Elve-abet.
3. What do you get when you combine a Snowman and a Vampire? Frostbite.
4. What do you get when you cross a Gift Wrapper with an Archer? Ribbonhood.
5. What do you get when you deep fry Santa Claus? Crisp Cringle.
6. What goes Ho, Ho, Swoosh, Ho, Ho, Swoosh? Santa Claus stuck in a revolving door.
7. What did Santa shout to his toys on Christmas Eve? Ok, everyone, BAG time.
8. What do you call a cat on the beach at Christmas time? Sandy Claws.
9. What do Snowmen eat for Breakfast? Snow flakes.
10. Why is Christmas just like a day at the office? You do all of the work and the fat guy in the suit gets all of the credit.
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Does More Spending Equal Happiness?
As we start the Christmas shopping season with Black Friday (named for the first day retailers can count on making money) do we lose sight of why we are shopping? Christmas is a time for giving. Christmas is a time for giving of ourselves for those less fortunate.
Instead, Americans spend at a record pace. While Chinese save 50% of what they earn, Americans spend $1.23 for every $1.00 we earn. That is how we have increased Credit Card Debt to a record $904 Billion. Needless to say, the dollar is declining at a record rate.
Please try to use constraint at this time of year. Yes, that new HD TV looks great. But do you need it before you payoff your credit cards? Keep in mind that if Jesus, Mother Theresa, or Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. would have an extra $2,500, would they buy that 52" TV or do something else.
Speaking of Dr. King, here is the list of my favorite top 5 (7?) speeches.
I am getting tired of political candidates and the current administration making many speeches but never saying anything. However, over the years, there are not many speeches that do inspire us. Why is that?
To make a great speech, you have to have (1) an inspirational speaker, (2) a topic that people care about, and (3) something the listner can relate to. Keep in mind that people do not have to care about the topic when you start speaking. But at the end, they need to care about it.
Next Week, we will list our favorite speeches of all time. If you would like to EMail suggestions, please EMail Jim Perkins. Here are USA Weekend's Top 5 Speeches of All Time with a Veterans Day Theme:
Once a year we pause for a moment to give thanks to those who defend our freedom.
From 1971 to 1975 I was in the Navy. Those times were the darkest in our Military life. Veterans got off of planes and were spit at just because they wore a uniform. Was it their choice that they fought in Vietnam? Absolutely not. Most of the increase in Military came from a draft.
I was part of the last draft where men were called up. I remember being glued to the TV watching which birthdays they would draw to determine who was going to be drafted. In my draft, my birth date gave me a 348 draft number. They only took people to about the first 90 birthdays.
At the time I got bad grades in College, so I dropped out. I managed a Restraunt, but saw no future there. So I determined that I needed four years to grow up so I volunteered. When I left the military, I got the GI Bill and was able to complete my Masters.
When you see an individual in uniform, please take a moment to just say thank you. Yes this an all volunteer military. All of these individuals have there own personal reasons, like I did, for joining the military. But where they go to fight is not their decision. Don't ever think that they have a choice in what they do during their time. At any moment, they can be told to get on a plane and go to Iraq or somewhere else.
Yes, Veterans Day should be a day that we pause and thank the men and women of the service and their loved ones they leave behind. Please also say a special thank you to those who served in Vietnam. They never heard your Thank You when they came back, if they did come back. Just ask the The Wall.
How Busy Are We?
It was 7:51 a.m. on Friday, January 12, 2007 in the middle of the morning rush hour. In the next 43 minutes, as the violinist performed six classical pieces, 1,097 people passed by. Almost all of them were on the way to work, which meant, for almost all of them, a government job. L'Enfant Plaza is at the nucleus of federal Washington with individuals with titles such as policy analyst, project manager, budget officer, specialist, facilitator, and consultant.
As they passed the violinist, they all assumed it was just another street musician. In fact, it was Joshua Bell, a concert violinist that these same people pay $194 - $275 a ticket to see.
It was an experiment to determine how people would react. It was interesting to watch the video. Many kids pulled on their parents to stop and listen. The parents would have nothing to do with it. No one stopped and appreciated the moment. 43 minutes in our lives that we could not stop for.
Many special moments in our lives are not realized until long after they occur. Many times, our kids lead us to those moments if only we would stop and listen.
Please put a smiley face on the ketchup you pour on their hamburgers. Stop at the park for an extra few minutes. Come home from work instead of staying for a few minutes more. You never know when you are going to find that special moment that you will never see again.
Read the full story at the Washington Post.