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Hello, lamppost! 

Now it's time to visit with family, give and receive gifts, and think about what is important to us. However, the real meaning of the holidays sometimes gets lost in a flood of shopping, decoration and stress.

Merry Christmas. Happy Hanukkah. Joyous Solstice. Welcome Kwanzaa.

click to enlarge Jennifer Bryan -  - Brooklyn, N.Y.  -  - Gardener -  - What is the best nonmaterial gift you have ever received? A beehive. It got sent to a village in Africa and they are taking care of it there. -  - Why are we obsessed with buying people stuff for Christmas? I think it is ingrained that people have to buy things. I don't think people grasp the concept of giving nonmaterial objects. -  - What does the phrase "goodwill toward men" mean? Just everyday little things that you do for people, like opening the door for someone, helping to carry someone's groceries or just picking up trash. -  - What do you think about the concept of peace on Earth? I think it is a very utopian concept. I don't know if it will ever happen but it is nice to wish for that. -  - What's the best Christmas movie ever? A Christmas Story. It's just the one that I see every year. I think it's funny.
  • Jennifer Bryan

    Brooklyn, N.Y.

    Gardener

    What is the best nonmaterial gift you have ever received? A beehive. It got sent to a village in Africa and they are taking care of it there.

    Why are we obsessed with buying people stuff for Christmas? I think it is ingrained that people have to buy things. I don't think people grasp the concept of giving nonmaterial objects.

    What does the phrase "goodwill toward men" mean? Just everyday little things that you do for people, like opening the door for someone, helping to carry someone's groceries or just picking up trash.

    What do you think about the concept of peace on Earth? I think it is a very utopian concept. I don't know if it will ever happen but it is nice to wish for that.

    What's the best Christmas movie ever? A Christmas Story. It's just the one that I see every year. I think it's funny.

click to enlarge Kathryn Johnson -  - Downtown -  - Unemployed -  - What are the most meaningful gifts you receive for Christmas? Handmade things like cookies or homemade cards -- stuff like that. -  - Why are we obsessed with buying people stuff for Christmas? People don't know anything else; they've fallen into a trap. -  - What does the phrase "goodwill toward men" mean? Treating one another humanely and decently and helping each other. Mainly just respect. -  - What do you think about the concept of peace on Earth? I don't think we have any at the moment. I don't see it happening any time soon. -  - What's your favorite Christmas movie? Miracle on 34th Street.
  • Kathryn Johnson

    Downtown

    Unemployed

    What are the most meaningful gifts you receive for Christmas? Handmade things like cookies or homemade cards -- stuff like that.

    Why are we obsessed with buying people stuff for Christmas? People don't know anything else; they've fallen into a trap.

    What does the phrase "goodwill toward men" mean? Treating one another humanely and decently and helping each other. Mainly just respect.

    What do you think about the concept of peace on Earth? I don't think we have any at the moment. I don't see it happening any time soon.

    What's your favorite Christmas movie? Miracle on 34th Street.

click to enlarge Barry Broe -  - Village Seven -  - County clerk  -  - What are the best nonmaterial gifts you receive for Christmas? Just having my family at home. -  - Why are we obsessed with buying people stuff for Christmas? It's just what everybody does. It's the way we live. It's our lifestyle. -  - What do you think about the concept of peace on Earth? It's a great idea and someday we'll get there. I think as consciousness increases and we become more aware of the difficulties we're having ... things will get better. -  - What's the best Christmas movie? It's A Wonderful Life.  It has such a great ending.
  • Barry Broe

    Village Seven

    County clerk

    What are the best nonmaterial gifts you receive for Christmas? Just having my family at home.

    Why are we obsessed with buying people stuff for Christmas? It's just what everybody does. It's the way we live. It's our lifestyle.

    What do you think about the concept of peace on Earth? It's a great idea and someday we'll get there. I think as consciousness increases and we become more aware of the difficulties we're having ... things will get better.

    What's the best Christmas movie? It's A Wonderful Life. It has such a great ending.

click to enlarge Mimi Smith -  - Downtown -  - Physical therapist -  - Why are we obsessed with buying people stuff for Christmas? I guess because the pressure is on to show that you love and care about someone. I think society in general is so materialistic and focused on spending, earning and having money. People get pressured into it. -  - What does "goodwill toward men" mean? Doing something nice for your neighbors or co-workers, like cooking them a meal, doing them a favor or helping them with some chores. -  - What's your favorite Christmas movie? It's A Wonderful Life. I just love it when he runs down the street and says, "Hello lamppost!"
  • Mimi Smith

    Downtown

    Physical therapist

    Why are we obsessed with buying people stuff for Christmas? I guess because the pressure is on to show that you love and care about someone. I think society in general is so materialistic and focused on spending, earning and having money. People get pressured into it.

    What does "goodwill toward men" mean? Doing something nice for your neighbors or co-workers, like cooking them a meal, doing them a favor or helping them with some chores.

    What's your favorite Christmas movie? It's A Wonderful Life. I just love it when he runs down the street and says, "Hello lamppost!"

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