All right everyone. We’ve officially reached the Christmas season. I’m sure some of you have already been singing carols and decorating trees for weeks now, but for me, Christmas starts after Thanksgiving.
Though I have not written about it, I know that you readers have probably already gotten a dose of our opinions on decorating and celebrating Christmas before Halloween has even happened.
I want to talk a little more about that, but in a different way.
You may not want to hear it, but Christmas, in my opinion, has become so commercialized that I can’t even recognize it for what it is anymore.
Maybe I’m romanticizing the holiday a bit, but I don’t remember it always being so stressful, especially in terms of buying things for other people. If I had a list of people to buy a gift for this season, I would bet that a new name would be added every day.
On top of making a list of names, think of the items I would have to get just to not be silently judged by my gift giving skills. You know it happens. There is always one person in the room who compares the quality of gifts.
Depending on who your friends and family are, you may be able to get away with giving a container of cookies or snacks or even buying a gift card, but there seems to be such pressure to buy great gifts.
All of this is fueled by Christmas decorations and present ideas being put out for consumers at the beginning of October. It makes me shake my head.
What if you have no gift giving talents? What if you can’t afford a great gift? There are tons of questions that could be asked.
On top of the commercialization of the holiday, every Christmas, there are stories about how people have forgotten “the reason for the season” with fights over gifts during holiday sales or stealing gifts off front porches.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, there are other stories about how people are doing good things for others, whether it be on purpose or accidentally.
Between the shopping and the constant good and bad actions of people, the entire holiday season gives off a mixed message.
For many, the season is about the birth of Jesus and his mission to come to Earth to die for everyone’s sins. For others, it could be about family, friends, coming together with loved ones or doing a good deed for another person.
How does shopping for new electronics show me that message? How does fighting others in a store the night of Thanksgiving show me that?
I am not telling anyone to not go out and not get a gift for another person. I don’t actually like the practice, but you make your own decisions. The same principle goes for anyone who buys Christmas decorations in the middle of October.
I just think we need to reevaluate our attitudes about the holiday season and remember our reason for the season.
Maybe if we do, we can enjoy the holidays even more than we do now.
Cassie Gibbs is a staff writer for The Southeast Sun and Daleville Sun-Courier. The opinions of this writer are her own and not the opinion of the paper. She can be reached at (334) 393-2969 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.