The shopping season is here. Everywhere you look there are sales enticing you to buy. In the states Black Friday is the big day. Many of my Irish relatives often came to America to enjoy Thanksgiving but more importantly to spend money on all the bargains. They often came with empty suitcases and returned home with full ones. With the value of the Euro vs. the U.S, dollar, it was well worth it. The TV stations started in September with special toys for the holidays. By the time the parents figure out what is “the” toy of the season it is frequently sold out. That was the theme of “Jingle All the Way” starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. There are times particularly during the Black Friday sales that people become violent trying to purchase the special items that are popular. Frankly, with online shops and sales, armchair shopping is much easier. There is no getting to the store, wrapping or even shipping if necessary. Unfortunately, it does put a number of small business owners out of business. There is also the lack of personal touch. The shopping season brings out the best and worst of everyone. The kindness is’t always there even though the season makes people feel happy and appreciate life. Unfortunately, the commercialism of Christmas takes away the appreciation of family and friends. There have been so many movies about people competing as to what they should purchase each year. It also tends to make some children and teens greedy and selfish. If they think their friends are receiving the perfect gift, even if their family can’t afford it, they want it anyways. Then when they do’t receive it they tend to complain, say the parents don’t love them, and sulk rather than be grateful for what gifts they did receive. As the shopping season swings into full force remember Good Gus and “Misplaced Trust” are available online and in hardcover. Gus is available on Kindle, and “Misplaced Trust” is available on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster, Scribd and Tolino.