The holidays appear to kick off earlier and sooner every year. Now
with the regular appearance of pre-Halloween Christmas merchandise,
you can buy both Halloween candy and chocolate Santas in early
October. How convenient!
...or how Nuts!
The "Over-Commercialization of the Holidays" is the one point about
which I'm "pushing back" this holiday season.
I realize that different people have different views about what
Christmas and end of year holidays means to them personally: whether
it's Christian or not, if there is a 'war' on it or not, etc. People
also have strong feelings about holiday merchandise, personal
possessions and sentimental or collectible items, yet I feel that most
people could agree that Christmas has been very commercialized,
over-marketed and over-hyped. Economists even seem to imply that
because the typical consumer doesn't buy enough stuff, the consumer
caused a recession and delayed recovery. Really? That's a lot for
consumers to bear and distracting from what is more relevant and
meaningful during the holidays.
When I think of what I've enjoyed in the past holidays, it's always
about the people, places and the happenings when the holidays bring
family members and friends together. The holidays are less about the
things that have been purchased, boxed, given and received and more
about the time spent with family, friends and neighbors. Admittedly I
have a hard time remembering what exact gifts I have been given or
have bought for the holidays, but I can easier recall who I was with
and where during holidays past.
I suggest that whomever you spend the holidays with, you take from the
experience more in memories than you do in gift haul. Or I hope you
give more of a positive experience to others than you take on in debt
from holiday purchases. Quite often, like a legacy, the memories
resulting from the holiday events you have painstakingly made the
effort to create or attend, will last longer than the actual gifts
given or received.