The Christmas Commercialization Crisis

Olivia Mohr

The cheesy Christmas songs that blare jollily on the radio for a couple months every year are back again, and earlier than ever. Christmas music started playing on the radio this year not in November, not in December, but in October. Yes, before Halloween. We’re talking early October.

I’d say that’s pretty ridiculous. Don’t get me wrong, though; I love Christmas. Doesn’t everyone? I love the holidays, and I love to snuggle next to a crackling fire with a mug of hot apple cider just as much as the next person. However, this time of year bothers me a bit.

Holidays are much too centered around “stuff.” With Halloween, it’s the candy, a child’s best friend. With Thanksgiving, it’s the glorious masses of food to eat to one’s heart’s content. With Christmas, it’s the presents and the trees, of course.

Another thing to consider is the utter irony of Black Friday. On the fourth Thursday of November every year, you celebrate a holiday focused on giving thanks for what you have and for your family. The very next day you go and fight tooth and nail to get your hands on some pillows at Wal-Mart. Pillows, I might add, that you don’t need. You have pillows. Take a deep breath.

My point is that our culture has lost sight of why these holidays got their start in the first place. Holidays need more appreciation not because of the “stuff” involved but because of their true meanings.

Around the holidays, there are so many glittering ads and Santa Clauses and companies trying to make a fortune selling massive bags of candy and the ingredients for massive feasts. Holidays shouldn’t be about making a profit. Thanksgiving is not about Black Friday and Christmas is most certainly not about Santa Claus and expensive presents. Holidays should not be about greed and money; they should be based upon the very reasons we celebrate them in the first place.


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