Attack on Christmas Commercialism

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Attack on Christmas Commercialism
Tue, 12-15-2009 - 1:42pm

What do you think about the commercialism of Christmas?

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Tue, 12-15-2009 - 11:18pm

Well, IMHO, if people want to have a religious observance of this winter holiday, nothing is stopping them. They don't have to buy gifts, spend too much $$$, etc. It's their choice.

I celebrate the Winter Solstice, and I can manage despite merchants wanting me to spend like crazy, to be careful what I spend. ***AND*** I can keep this day holy as one of my Sabbats, attending ritual with other believers.

I choose and I am in control of my celebration, not merchants! If it's commercialization people don't like, don't go "hog wild" shopping, and over spend. DUH! LOL! :D

This has become a winter holiday with other religions besides Christianity celebrating holy days, in our diverse nation. Merchants and just individuals trying to be considerate and respectful shouldn't be criticized for doing so. People just need to get over themselves, and return friendly wishes toward one another instead of trying to bully or put down others' beliefs. This "warfare" comes up at this time every year. And it's a complete bore! Get over it, people! Learn to live in peace with each other, in diversity! :)





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Edited 12/15/2009 11:24 pm ET by gypsywolfwoman




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Wed, 12-16-2009 - 9:38am

Nearly everyone I know is pulling back on their spending this year. But at the end of the day, if you want to go mad and buy an entire Toys R Us shop, great. If you want to give everyone in your life a paperclip, great. My choices don't affect your Christmas, so leave me to celebrate my way and you carry on celebrating your way.

<"Christians get all bent out of shape over the fact that someone didn't say 'Merry Christmas' when I walked into the store. But why are we expecting the store to tell our story? That's just ridiculous.">

Yes yes very much yes.

My mother is a committed Christian who spent the majority of her life as a missionary. I have not ever, not once heard her complain that someone wished her 'Happy Holidays'. Know why? Because she doesn't need other people to affirm her faith. It's rock solid already. And having lived in countries where Christianity is ACTUALLY

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Registered: 12-03-2008
Tue, 12-22-2009 - 7:09pm

I do get the general feeling that Christmas is becoming commercialized, but that may have more to do with the way I was raised and the decisions I've made in my life. My mother attended a Methodist Church, and every Christmas, she dragged the rest of us along. Afterwards, we went home, and when we woke up in the morning, we opened oodles of presents, ate dinner with the extended family, and that was it. Christmas was over around 3pm.

At the same time, it's not hard to take a look at other holidays, religious or not, and see that nearly every major date on the calendar is heavily commercialized - from spending outrageous amounts of money for your lovers/so's/husbands/wives on Valentines Day and now...Sweetest Day? to overpriced costumes on Halloween, buying out a candy store for Halloween, Easter, and Christmas, etc...of course, we are all free to participate in or try our best to avoid the madness.

As for Happy Holidays vs Merry Christmas...I wish Happy Holidays sometimes to guests checking into the hotel where I work - I've never offended anyone. I don't wish Merry Christmas so as to be sensitive to anyone checking in who doesn't celebrate it - however, many religious traditions celebrate their holiday around the same time. In the case where a guest wishes me a Merry Christmas, I simply say thank you, and wish them a Merry Christmas as well. I don't see the need to get worked up over it.