Tracey Alley's Blog - Posts Tagged "changing-values"

I have to confess it - I'm not a fan of the Christmas season. No I'm not a Scrooge, I don't HATE it, I just don't really like the ways in which it's evolved.

I remember when I was a kid and it was so exciting to see A present under the tree. Now kids seem to expect several from Mum, Dad and Santa. It's become a race to see who gets the most or best gifts rather than a time for families to come together in love.

Supermarkets, shopping centres [malls] etc are the WORST - Christmas decorations seem to go up some time after Easter and stay as a constant reminder to buy, buy, buy. Somewhere along the line we lost the true spirit of Christmas and it's become just another commercial holiday.

I'm sure there are a lot of people out there who haven't fallen into the commercialization trap but I do know that there are many who have.

Even decorating a Christmas tree has lost its' appeal for me because of the growing numbers of people who now decorate their entire house, inside and outside with lights so bright that I'd hate to see their power bills. Who, exactly, are we competing with and why?

I'm not saying you have to be religious to have or enjoy Christmas, in fact I don't even look at it as a true religious holiday as Christ was far more likely to have been born in September or October. I guess what I am saying is that as I get older it seems more and more about self and less and less about others - something that I was taught as a child.

Still, in the spirit of the season, I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year.

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Published on December 11, 2011 13:34 • 138 views • Tags: changing-values, christmas, commercialism