Palestine Magazine October 2018 - Page 11

indy nd C re Moo by a Gab Mar y Co ker a n d Fra Story & Photos by WILLIAM PATRICK Cindy Moore, 49, said growing up in the affluent late 1970’s and early 80’s was much different than growing up during the Great Depression – but still nothing like it is today. “My parents made sure we had a decent Christmas,” she said. “My brother and I would get many small gifts; mostly things we needed.” There was also an element of fun and surprise, she said, along with practical gifts, such as socks and sweaters. “They let us pick one big gift a year,” Moore said. “My parents wouldn’t go nuts, but we would always get something like a bike, a television, or stereo.” Moore said an attitude of gratitude and respect still informed the holidays of her childhood. That attitude is missing today. “Stores would never consider opening their doors on Thanksgiving,” she said. “From Thanksgiving to Christmas, it was all about family and church. You don’t see much of that sensibility anymore.” Moore’s 20-year-old daughter, Gabby, has celebrated Christmas all over the world, as her father was a Master Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force. Now that the family is back home, the holidays center on family. “My two brothers and I have celebrated Christmas from Colorado to London,” she said. “It has always been a mixture of church and a kid’s excitement of opening presents.” Gabby Moore said that, although she received a cellular phone as a teenager, kids today wake up Christmas morning expect- ing thousands of dollars in toys and elec- tronics to be under the tree. “I think it’s the media and society these days,” she said. “We’ve all gotten away from what Christmas means.” Across the generations, these four moth- ers and daughters still believe Christmas means much more than material gifts. nces Cort in as “Gratitude,” Coker said. “Jesus,” said Cortinas. “Family,” both Cindy and Gabby Moore said. They agree the real meaning of Christmas is still around, waiting for us to revive it. “People have to stop being so materialis- tic,” Gabby Moore said. Her mother agreed. “It’s going to take a lot of work,” she said. “Kids have simply become too entitled.” Said Cortinas: “If we look at our values, we can get it back. It’s up to us. We can turn it around.” Coker, recalling her doll, sitting amidst the candy in her Christmas shoebox, said the power resides in parents. “They must realize their children are, in themselves, gifts,” she said. “Knowing this, and raising them right, will make Christmas that much more memorable.”