Wednesday, December 1

Commercialized Christmas

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Each year I cringe when I notice Christmas decorations and accessories popping up in glassy store windows during October or early November. The shiny ornaments, plastic trees, and fake, glittery snow become more and more artificial throughout the years. The way big businesses target people far in advance and use heartfelt holidays to pocket large sums of money ruin the depth and importance of the holiday itself. Christmas has been molded into a holiday which fits the needs of corporations, not the true needs of the people.

Rifts in families are created when individuals fall into the trap of a marketed Christmas. The younger generations often forget that it’s not just about the gifts and food, but also the coming together and rejoicing of families. The purpose of Christmas can be understood too lightly, while it consists of gift giving, it also is a union of family coming together to celebrate the season altogether and for some, a religious experience as well. People fighting to buy bargain-worthy presents and the kids who expect these gifts foster a negative attitude upon the holiday. The lack of spending time and valuing family is damaged  by materialistic items and puts the importance of gifts over the accompaniment of relatives. A wish list becomes a demand of items, and while gift giving is an important tradition, it has become one that dominates the holiday to a negative extent.

The crux of the problem is the people who encourage and buy into these Christmas gimmicks. Society provides the basis for companies and businesses to sell these commodities in hopes of earning money. Not to say that a bit of cheesiness isn’t enjoyed during the holiday season, but the way Christmas is portrayed as a result of the peoples’ response causes it to lose its original value. If we stop falling into these traps, then maybe we can find the true value of Christmas within our families and learn to cherish the real definition of the holiday.

With this holiday season quickly approaching, I encourage people to buy Emersonian gifts of worth which connect to the recipient on a deeper and more thoughtful way to ensure a more meaningful Christmas.


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