Commercializing Christmas

Almost everyone I know is exuberant about the fact that the “-ber” months are here. All of them associate this with Christmas. In fact, some of them already started raising the obvious as early as the third week of August.

You read, see and hear it everywhere. I would have shared the excitement, except that I don’t see anyone expressing the real reason why we celebrate Christmas.

Meanwhile, the media is lapping up the hype. Sponsorships and segment buys have become more prolific than sensible information, news and entertainment.

I’m beginning to sound like Ebenezer Scrooge, I know, but really? Don’t we all get it? We are all being conditioned to think that Christmas is all about carols, gifts, food, new clothes, bazaars, bargains, and all other commercial and marketing activities you could possibly conjure! You’ll see more plastic pine trees, artificial snow, and plaster figures of the bearded fat man in red than images of the actual celebrator. Heck, I don’t even think that most people know who St. Nicholas is.

Go through the status/shoutouts of your contacts on Facebook, Twitter, or what-have-you regarding the “-ber” months. How many do you see who are ecstatic about the fact that Jesus’ birthday is coming up?

I don’t know about you guys, but I just don’t want to encourage the commercialization of Christmas. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not dissing the joyous feeling of the season. I’ll still go shopping and give gifts to loved ones. I’ll just join the rush by November.

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