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Lest We Forget…To Shop

The day after Halloween, before we’d even removed all the pretend fear,
Christmas is starting, carols are starting, earlier and earlier each year.
People say they respect soldiers and veterans,
1christmas10but instead of respect – Christmas everywhere?!?
Everyone down in malls, the tall and the small,
will stand close together, Christmas sales ringing,
waiting in line, their credit cards zinging!
They spend! And they spend! And they spend!
They’ll spend on tablets! They’ll spend on smartphones!
They’ll spend on toys, clothes, TVs, and even on drones!
Instead of contentment and helping where we can,
filling our hearts with tech, plastic, chemicals, what a plan!
Stop for a moment, look at a soldier.
Dressed all in honour, from foot to head,
Poppy on their heart, to remember the brave dead.
The box of poppies sits below a chest full of medals,
honouring the past with each poppy they sell.
Christmas isn’t before Veterans Day.
Christmas isn’t before Remembrance Day.
Christmas is in December.
It begins on the 1st,
1christmas1No, not of November!
Christmas blaring through the stores.
Christmas decorations, ads, displays.
Crass and disrespectful.
To soldiers fighting.
Families who lost soldiers.
Soldiers who fought for us.
Shop all year round if you must,
Black Friday, Cyber Monday,
Months of sales!
Leave Christmas until December,
Can’t we wait for Christmas until after we’ve honoured our soldiers?
If we showed more respect to our soldiers and our veterans,
we might make our governments show them more respect as well.

Christmas Comes After Remembrance and Veterans Day.



Very me

58 thoughts on “Lest We Forget…To Shop

      1. How sweet, and thank you. I’ll pass on to my dad,my brother in law, and my Hubs! We’re all vets! My hubs is the loopy one, he has jumped out of perfectly good aircraft! Airborne Ranger! BooYah! 😀
        xoxoxo ❤


  1. My Dad was a veteran in Italy. Veterans were at the hospital that I worked at. They had lots of problems after the war. A veteran should be respected and a poppy should be worn for them One day a year is a small thing we can do for them.

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  2. Oh it begins before November… The past few years i see Christmas sales and decorations on and off as early as June! Then October 1st they really pick up steam… and by then i’m already sick of it. All too often receivers are thoughtless returners, and givers are thoughtless givers.
    >(A “friend” in her 30’s complained that her mother had given her a dozen articles of clothing that just wouldn’t do. “Well, Jane will just have to stand in line all day to return these for something better,” she said. And her mother has a spine covered with bone spurs — it’s agony for her to sand in line, i pointed out. “Well, Jane could just say no,” she dismissed the thought.
    >Once a coworker gave me a bagful of avon and even as she handed it to me, she said “I know you’re allergic to all this.” Me? Why of course i was polite. “Oh, it’s the thought that counts,” i assured her. Snort-ha.) 😈


    1. Oh wow, thank you so much, Kathleen – I was out and about yesterday and everywhere, Christmas decorations, gifts, music and on TV, Christmas movies, I don’t know why we can’t wait until after Remembrance Day, although we should honour our brave soldiers every day. I’m so pleased this will be on #BloggersPitStop – I look forward to seeing it and thank you so much. 🙂


    1. Thank you so much, laldies, for featuring my post in this latest #BloggersPitStop – I wish we could go back to a time when Remembrance Day, Veterans Day, indeed soldiers and veterans where honoured, they cannot even have a day where Christmas is splashed everywhere.


    1. Thank you so much, I feel so thrilled to be featured on the astonishing #BloggersPitStop – just when you think it can’t get any better, every week you outdo yourselves – I can’t say thank you enough and this post is near and dear to my heart. Hope the week ahead treats everyone kindly. 🙂 xoxox


  3. I’ve just written a post about Remembrance Day and it is easy to focus on Halloween and Christmas and forget to reflect on how lucky we are to have our freedom because of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.


    1. Thank you kindly for the reblog, Ian, very nice of you to stop by and to share my trying so hard to be positive right now although it’s a strain especially after hearing about the passing of Leonard Cohen on top of everything else! 🙂
      Hope the week ahead treats you well. 🙂


    1. Sorry to get here so late, Ian, it turned out to be an unexpectedly busy weekend (but not in a bad way) and I’m finally catching up or at least trying to. How has your weekend been? Great, I hope.
      Thank you so very much for reblogging this, I appreciate it.
      Hope the week ahead is wonder-filled. 🙂


    1. Thank you so much, you’re all too too kind. 🙂
      I really don’t know how you do this every week, but I can’t wait for the next one.
      Sadly I’m having trouble remembering to check my comments in the ‘new’ way WordPress has them, it was so easy before it was on my main screen, sigh, yup, they really do believe in the ‘if it ain’t broke, break it’ approach. 😉
      Thank you for helping bloggers connect in this giant virtual haystack, I don’t know what I’d do without you all. 🙂
      Hope this week is treating you all well. 🙂


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    1. Thank you for the mention, Danny and wow, I’m in good company, I visited everyone, the dear old blogging friends and made a bunch of new blogging friends. Thank you for connecting us, finding each other in this giant virtual haystack can be difficult.
      Hope this weekend is treating you kindly. 🙂 Big hugs xox


  5. Retailers want to maximize their Christmas shopping window of opportunity.
    At ANY cost.
    Morality be damned.
    Kinda gives you a warm glow in the sub-cockle area, don’t it?


    1. It’s disgusting and disrespectful, isn’t it? And a longer shopping window just encourages people to overspend and often people who can’t afford it. Warm glow more like slow burn. Sad.


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