November Christmas

My brain is confused, I went out Black Friday shopping and all I could see and hear around me was Christmas decorations and Chrismas music, even the local radio station switched to all Christmas music over and over and over again!

I almost wished the shop keepers Merry Christmas!

I Understand we are still not out of the woods financially as a country and businesses need to make their targets, but i am so annoyed that every year Chrismas comes too early into our lives . Can we please get over Thanksgiving first and not rush into Christmas? I feel very Grinchy all of a sudden. What do you think dear reader?Anyone agree with me ?

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John Owen Jones Sings Rise Like a Phoenix

This week, i am obsessing over Broadway star John Owen Jones  and his fairly new CD which covers a  popular song Rise Like a Phoenix by Ali Zuckowski.

John is the longest running Phantom , from Phantom of the Opera and has been the male lead  Jean Valjean in Les Miserables for many years in England and New York.

Checkout Charity – Feeling Unphilanthropic

I pride myself in trying to be a good person, always being aware of those who are struggling or suffering and always trying to help out and often doing so.

It is now October, and stores have already started putting out holiday decorations for sale  and very soon christmas music will start playing even before Thanksgiving (yes really!) brainwashing shoppers that the holidays must begin 2 months ahead of schedule.

Along with this holiday spirit comes philanthropy , in the way of every store now joined with a charitable organization and asking for donations with every purchase.

There are  organizations I feel very drawn to personally to donate to yearly, but am peeved that it seems at every store, even groceries now, I am being asked to donate something with every purchase.

I dread the questions and snap decision I will make out of guilt at the checkout , the long line behind me judging me when I do not wish to donate.

Do you want to give a dollar for starving children, or breast cancer or our troops – YES ! of course I want to help them all, they are all doing great work, they are all deserving, but I am not prepared to do so every time I go into a store.

My cash or  credit card is out ,so it’s easy to just say yes – I should say yes -but my mind says no after I have visited about 6 stores in a day  and been asked the same question at the checkout every time .

NO! I do not want a green shamrock with my name on it on the window!

The times I have refused politely – ” no Thanks” ” not today” “I already did last week” “maybe next time” I feel like a really horrible person.

I will donate on my own terms . I need to research an organization. How do I know this donations are going to the right place? Did you know ,some stores keep a small percentage of the donations for admin fees?

There are also so many charity scams out there, so make an educated decision, not a quick impulsive one made out of guilt.And there are smaller charities that need your donations that do not have massive store affiliations.

Do your research before you choose whom to donate to. Check out these sites to begin with.

https://www.charitywatch.org/home

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Here is a funny way of looking at things!