Sara McManamy-Johnson's Column: Christmas excitement comes with new gadgets on market

I’m a geek. If it involves bits or bytes, I’m like a kid on that first tour of the town fire truck. I say this with absolutely no shame, because it has proven to be extremely useful in cases of computer viruses and other miscellaneous technological quandaries. As a geek, the ho...
Dec 7, 2012

I’m a geek. If it involves bits or bytes, I’m like a kid on that first tour of the town fire truck. I say this with absolutely no shame, because it has proven to be extremely useful in cases of computer viruses and other miscellaneous technological quandaries.

As a geek, the holiday season is a particularly challenging time of the year for me – advertisements emblazoned with all the latest and greatest of gadgetry taunt me. Sure, I already have a new-ish tablet; yes, my cell phone was top-of-the-line last year. But that new tablet actually comes with a stylus, and that new cell phone would actually let me send pictures to another phone just by touching screens with the other phone.

Do I really need those gadgets? Nope. Do I want them? Sure I do – they’re bigger, better, faster, stronger. As an American consumer and an admitted geek, I’m trained to want that.

It’s easy to get caught up in the “bigger, better, faster, stronger” mentality in the holiday season as we shop for family and friends and as it seems everyone asks you “So, what do you want for Christmas?”

I’m lucky that in my profession I am also constantly reminded of the true reason for the season. It seems every day I meet at least one person who gives just for the sake of giving. I see people less fortunate than me, and I see people reaching out to those less fortunate for no other reason than love of a fellow human.

Every time I start to slip back into that “bigger, better, faster, stronger” mentality, I meet someone who reminds me how fortunate I am for all that I do have. I meet someone who reminds me that the holiday season is not about the ever-growing Christmas List ­­– or that 60-inch LED television (insert sigh).

Regardless of what faith you may adhere to, the holiday season is about faith, hope and love. Yes, that may sound clichéd, but a phrase does not become a cliché without a basis in truth.

The gadgetry is just a great bonus of the season.

 

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