1 Dec 2009
It's the last month of 2009. Retailers are all geared up for traditionally the most profitable time of year. This Christmas, a lot of shoppers are cutting down on spending. People are afraid that they will lose their jobs. Many have already lost their jobs this past year. So, when you listen to the news and hear that consumers may not be spending so much this Christmas, it sounds like a bad sign.
In North America, our culture looks at an increase in consumer spending as a sign of a healthy economy. So, news about people spending less money this Christmas might seem a bit depressing. Stores have already put up Boxing Day sales, before Boxing Day actually arrives. I remember I used to wait until after Christmas to get a big discount on Christmas cards and wrapping paper but this year, they are already 30-40% off. Still, shoppers may be holding out for even better deals.
I think retailers and consumers understand that the great desire for material things has turned the Christmas season into the holiday of great spending. Everything we have had a desire for during the year has been noted, and our wishlist items are shared at this time - whether it's to Santa or our loved ones. Oh yes, wishlists are very popular -- for Santa and for the internet shoppers. I'm quite familiar with those online wishlists -- most of the time, I don't buy those items on my list because by the time I go back to them, I don't have a desire for them anymore. Putting those things on hold has saved me money -- which isn't so bad after all!
For me, one of the greatest gifts during the December holiday season is visiting with friends and family. I am going to do what I have tried to do for the longest time -- getting together with special people whom I may not have seen much during the past year. I feel it is especially special to reminisce and be thankful for the past year and to anticipate good things ahead, while we are with the special people in our lives. I know it's not always smooth sailing throughout the year, but, I think it's important to have a positive outlook in life.
I love the Christian hymn, "Count Your Blessings". The chorus goes like this:
Count your blessings, name them one by one,
Count your blessings, see what God hath done!
Count your blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.
I encourage you to view the lyrics of the entire song at http://www.hymnlyrics.org/mostpopularhymns/count_your_blessings.php. That song puts life into perspective, no matter how good or bad life gets - count your blessings!
I look forward to meeting some of you in December. I have made plans to celebrate Christmas and the holidays with dinners/lunches with friends, enjoy my annual Afternoon Tea with the girls at Le Meridien King Edward Hotel, and attend the annual One of a Kind Craft Christmas Show at the Direct Energy Centre in downtown Toronto. Hopefully, I can meet up with more friends during the holidays, but, if that doesn't happen, January 2010 may be a continuation of the holidays!
Music is a very special and important part of my life. I hope to meet up with some musician friends in the near future. I know some are going to be performing in New York, Nashville, and Toronto in December. One musician I know, Marc Nadjiwan, will be performing at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver in February, 2010! I'm so excited for him. I'm really blessed to know them and wish them all continued success. I will try and update you about their shows from time to time throughout the year. By the way, several of those musicians I know are listed on my Top 27 Friends List on my myspace.com website at http://www.myspace.com/katszone. I invite you to visit my site, especially if you have not seen it or have not been there for awhile.
Speaking of music, I'm going to see Motley Crue in February 2010. It's been awhile since I've attended a live show and I've never seen Motley Crue live. Tommy Lee -- what a drummer! Should also be a great cardio workout. LOL.
I have recently updated my KaTsZoNe calendar and I hope you will take a look at some of the events which I look forward to attending. When you see events which take place over a course of many days, I have noted only the days when they begin and end. And, I will attend only on one of the days scheduled. To view the KaTsZoNe calendar, go to: http://www.katszone.com/page/page/6673173.htm.
I'd like to end by saying that it's been a great 2009! Thanks for continuing to read KaTsZoNe and I do appreciate all your comments -- by emails and in person!
And now, the big items on my Christmas wishlist for all of you are Love, Peace, Joy, Good Health, and Happiness!
Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy New Year to all!
Check out past episodes of KaTsZone at:
Calendar of Events on KaTsZoNe:
Events/people mentioned above:
Marc Nadjiwan: http://www.myspace.com/nadjiwan, http://www.nadjiwan.com/
2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics: http://www.vancouver2010.com/
Le Meridien King Edward (to make reservations for Afternoon Tea):
Le Meridien King Edward Hotel Afternoon Tea menu (not Christmas Tea):
One of a Kind Christmas Show and Sale in Toronto, 2009: