Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Merry Christmas...

I don't want to come off sounding like scrooge but is it just me or is anyone else fed up with the insanity that seems to grip the nation from November until early January? Houses with more lights on them then a Las Vegas casino, D list stars on TV touting the latest food, gadget or Christmas must haves. Parents are hassled into spending huge sums of money on presents for their kids that usually only last a week at most until a third are are broke, a third will never be used again, and a third will be used to beat there siblings into submission... It all seems very far removed from the idea of celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ.
I’m not a getting on my high horse here and I’m not an overly religious person, but it seems like the whole thing has been stolen, repackaged and sold back to us as a festival of eating, dinking and spending too much. Aren’t we forgetting the original Christmas message?
I work with a Muslim and he say's he decorates the house with a tree and tinsel and buys presents for their kids at Christmas just so they are not left out. It is no longer a religious festival; it is an orgy of consumerism and over indulgence.
I’m not against having a good time and enjoying the festive season but Christmas to me has become an ugly selfish time of year. We are bombarded with advertising to spend, spend, and spend some more. Look around at the money that gets spent each year on presents and decorations and food. The retail economy relies on Christmas each year and when you have spent your fill and they have made a tidy profit, they try to sell you whatever is left slightly cheaper in the January sales.
We are forever harping on about falling standards in Children’s behavior and attitudes, but is it any wonder when the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ our lord has been turned into this obscene corporate, celebrity endorsed spend fest - I shall from this day forward refer to it as “Cashmas”. Well, not really but you get my point...

Personally I think that the whole commercial thing has gone way too far. Christmas used to be a time spent with family and friends. We’d of course exchange a few gifts but we would have put some thought into it and it was about giving someone something that you thought they would appreciate. These days Christmas is nothing more than a massive shopping exercise where stressed out shoppers tear up and down the high street laden with carrier bags full of pre-packaged and impersonal gift sets. The shelves of the high street retailers are packed with boxes of identical bath sets and useless overpriced gadgets.
It’s a kind of weird two-sided feeding frenzy with the high street shops on one side keen to unload all this junk and make as much profit as possible. On the other side we have hoards of manic shoppers eager to spend whatever is left in their bank account or credit card.

Just a thought…

Why not for a change instead of splashing out at Wal-Mart and Target and the like; go into your local Salvation Army branch or Help the Aged charity shops and pick up a few gifts there instead? Spread the word to your friends and make this year a charitable Christmas! Instead of lining the pockets of some fat cat or inflating the share prices of some big brand name you will be spreading a bit of Christmas cheer to someone who really needs it. After all, that is what this is about isn’t it? That's why I can say Merry Christmas instead of Happy Holidays...

To all my blogging friends out there, have a very MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

1 comment:

GZ said...

Ward - good post. Not much I can add to it other than ... yup.

Hope you and your family have a good one.