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Spend Time

Most years, I try to stay the hell away from the stores from Thanksgiving until about January 10th.  The dates in between, it’s like people have lost their flipping minds!  It’s a feeding frenzy out there and quite frankly, it sickens me.

The Reason for the Season aside, when did we get so horribly materialistic??

My biggest gift this year is being able to spend time with my loved ones.  That is what I treasure the most.

The greatest gift you can give someone is time.  Time spent together.  Time shared and cherished.  We are given a limited amount of time on this Earth.  Share that precious time with those you love.  Once they are gone, you can’t get that time back.  Use it while you can.

Put your credit cards away.  Spend Time!

Copyright (C) 2017 Penny Wilson


Penny Wilson is a freelance writer who writes in several genres. She has written articles for WOW Women on Writing. Her poetry has been published in online journals, such as Ariel Chart, Spill Words Press and the Poppy Road Review. Penny is a member of the Austin Poetry Society. Her poetry has been featured in the publication America's Emerging Poets 2018 & 2019 by Z Publishing, Poets Quarterly and Dual Coast Magazine published by Prolific Press. You can find more of her writings on her blog at and follow her on Twitter @pennywilson123.

8 thoughts on “Spend Time

  1. Very true. A sad reflection of what we have become as a society. People buying enough food to last an apocalypse. Kids must have the latest toys, whilst the latest gadgets and technology must be had by their parents. Its all a massive game of one-upmanship. Stores cannot even go a couple of days without throwing open their doors to scores of gullible customers who queue to grab a boxing day “bargain”. Sad indictment of what we have become as a society. Greed has poisoned the world and it will only get worse.


  2. Amen to that!!!

    Christmas has become a favorite of mine- despite working retail- for reasons that have absolutely nothing to do with the marketing monsters and commercialized crap that seems to dominate this time of year.

    I love this time of year for the little nuances I discover in my day to day. It’s the lingering smile of a loved one, the simple conversation I have with a friend or co-worker when I ask them about their holiday plans. The hugs you give and the ones you get back. It’s hearing a Christmas song that sends me all the way back to when the kids were babies and I thought it was always going to be that way. It’s a stranger wishing me a Merry Christmas, and meaning it.

    As you put it so eloquently, it’s about the time you get, and what you do with it. Because you’re right, time is the gift.

    Cherish it.


  3. Slightly different subject, but the same… I once heard someone talking about charity and giving. I forget the exact words, but it was something like if you are trying to do good, it only counts if what you are giving is something that is valuable to you. Time is the most valuable possession most of us have,the one I am most stingy with. So yeah, time is by far the greatest gift we have to give.


    1. I think it started with the rise of TV, commercials, and credit cards. We started being bombarded with ads for stuff we didn’t need and that we couldn’t afford, do we just bought stuff on credit. Well said penny 😃💛

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