Is it just me or did Christmas come a little early this year? Did anyone else notice that the stores were trying to subtly place an isle or two with Christmas trees and colorful ornaments while you were looking for Mr. Jack O’ Lantern? Before Tom the Turkey made his way to your plate, Santa Claus was gearing up to make appearances at your local malls and he brought countless Christmas trees and lawn ornaments with him.
Don’t get me wrong. I love Christmas. But Christmas just doesn’t seem like Christmas like Christmas anymore.
It comes earlier EVERY year
Christmas is no longer confined to the month of December. It’s been coming earlier and earlier every year. (No wonder Jack Skellington was trying to hijack the holiday! It gets all the glory.) While you were shopping for Halloween candy, department stores were making room for Christmas displays. Before you could sit down to a turkey dinner, companies had already began to air their Christmas ads. Pretty soon Halloween and Thanksgiving won’t even have chance. Might as well call them “the Christmas warm ups”.
BUY BUY BUY
Instead of spending time with family and friends during the holiday season, many people spend more time at the mall than they do at their own homes. People spend hundreds of dollars on items that will be forgotten a few months later. Why? Because we are expected to get the biggest and most expensive thing we can buy. The bigger and more expensive the gift is, the more we love the person we’re buying it for.
It’s better to receive and receive some more
Christmas used to be more about giving and less about receiving. It’s all about consumption now. The more you get, the happier you are. The more you get, the better your Christmas is.
This is especially true for children. Talk to a child. Ask them about the big, expensive things they want for Christmas. Then ask them about what they are going to give. Try it with most adults. I’m pretty sure you’ll find the consensus is that most people are concerned with just receiving presents, not giving them.
It comes with MUSIC
There’s almost something loathsome about a holiday that has its own genre of music. It’s not even good music. Let’s just put it this way. I’m glad I don’t work in retail. If I heard several terrible renditions of Santa Baby or Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, I’d hang myself with Christmas lights.
Don’t get me wrong. I LOVE Christmas. I love buying presents and decorating the house. I love watching Christmas movies. However, Christmas seems to be losing its true meaning. The holidays are supposed to be about spending time with family and friends. They are supposed to be about love, hope, and happiness. Instead, Christmas is turning into a huge commercial. Buy, buy, buy. Receive, receive, receive, receive.
As you are out shopping for your loved ones, please don’t forget there is a REASON for the SEASON. Enjoy your family and friends while you can. That’s what really matters. Enjoy the holiday season!