Yep, it is kinda funny...on the one hand Disney puts on the biggest, brightest, sparkleiest, Christmas to be found anywhere...and then they turn around and totally destroy that wonderful Christmas feeling by charging a totally outlandish price for a cookie, or a cupcake? Or by charging extra for the annual Christmas parade...
Back in the fifties and sixties there was never any question...but today, instead of projecting an image of caring about the holiday and about people, about true Christmas spirit...the Disney corporation is projecting an image of a cold, hard, money making machine that only pretends to care while attempting to drain every last penny from the pockets of families... The company appears to have lost it's heart...
At no time of the rolling year is this more noticeable than at Christmastime.
Caring about others...the young and the old, the rich and the poor...is an old fashioned idea I suppose. And, many of us old timers...well, we yearn for those good old days...
There is an empty feeling folks get sometimes when a company you've loved and trusted for so many years suddenly starts charging you $5 for a small Mickey Mouse Christmas Cookie. Kinda like that feeling folks used to get at the old carnivals and side shows you know...that feeling of...well...robbery to put it bluntly...of being cheated...but worse than that...of discovering that someone you trusted...someone you loved...really doesn't care about you at all like you thought they did...all they are interested in is milking every last dollar they can from your pocket.
Trust...love...that Christmas feeling sorta falls away...and what's left is the cold, hard, unfeeling, uncaring reality of out of control corporate greed.
But...I have a feeling that Jiminy Cricket, Goofy, Donald, or Mickey really had nothing to do with this...instead people in business suits setting around a board room table somewhere looking at profit charts were behind it. Their only focus...increasing the bottom line...money, money, and more money. Certainly a sqeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous sort of attitude...to be sure.
Is that all there is to life? I sure don't think Walt Disney thought that way. And I tend to agree with ORDDU... "For those who care, we need to find ways to NOT get caught up in all the plastic, phony baloney that is tempting us to forget about what's really important in Life (And what's really important is integrity and love....)
Keep the true spirit of Christmas in our hearts...and never let the cold-heartedness of others, individuals or corporations, impact that warm and wonderful glowing feeling that is the true magic of the season.
Make some Christmas Cookies at home with your kids...make some other folks happy...
sing a Christmas Carol...watch a great old Christmas movie...or dig out Charles Dicken's
famous 1843 novel and read it once again... I've always loved it. "...and it was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge. May that be truly said of us, and all of us! And so, as Tiny Tim observed,
God Bless Us, Every One!"
It will give you hope.
Adios for now. Talk to ya on down the trail.
Wild Ol' Dan