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  • No I like the materialistic side of xmas and its good for the economy

    22 29.33%
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    Re: Has commercialism ruined Christmas?

    Quote Originally Posted by Higgins86 View Post
    Was in Wal*mart today and was shocked to see xmas tree's up, xmas music playing and the staff wearing xmas hats! Xmas has been very commercial for a long time as we all know but is it getting too much? Its only Nov 15th and it is already being shoved down our throats, I mean what about thanksgiving? This will be my 3rd thanksgiving and you hardly even hear about it!
    Growing up I used to get excited on Dec 1st seeing all the decorations being put up and hyas it got closer you used to get that nice warm feeling inside knowing xmas was just around the cornor. Nowdays they start so early that by the time xmas actually comes I just want it to be over with and all the good spirt and magic of xmas is lost. I was brought up a catholic and I have to say its very odd for me that there is not even a sign in the stores that it is a relgious holiday just full of tacky snowmen and cheap toys.

    Gifts, family, friends, giving and decorations have always been the biggest part of Christmas for me. It's not a holiday I ever tired of or felt it was spoiled by anything though most will agree it's become very commercialized. Which shouldn't be such a big surprise for a society based on materialism and money?

    Though like a house doesn't make a home nobody else can ever change what this holiday will historically always mean to me.
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    Re: Has commercialism ruined Christmas?

    Nope!

    Seriously people, you ultimately decide to let the spirit of Christmas and the holiday season be ruined for you by commercialism. That's on you.

    Personally, I love this time of year.
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    Re: Has commercialism ruined Christmas?

    Quote Originally Posted by Higgins86 View Post
    Was in Wal*mart today and was shocked to see xmas tree's up, xmas music playing and the staff wearing xmas hats! Xmas has been very commercial for a long time as we all know but is it getting too much?
    Its only Nov 15th and it is already being shoved down our throats, I mean what about thanksgiving? This will be my 3rd thanksgiving and you hardly even hear about it!
    Growing up I used to get excited on Dec 1st seeing all the decorations being put up and hyas it got closer you used to get that nice warm feeling inside knowing xmas was just around the cornor. Nowdays they start so early that by the time xmas actually comes I just want it to be over with and all the good spirt and magic of xmas is lost. I was brought up a catholic and I have to say its very odd for me that there is not even a sign in the stores that it is a relgious holiday just full of tacky snowmen and cheap toys.



    This started quite a while ago. I remember being surprised when the store ads and displays started shoving their 'Xmas' specials down our throats in August years ago.

    I just ignore it all, try to keep a smile on my face and let it go.

    It the kids enjoy it, it's OK with me.

    Not worth worrying about, it is what it is and it will never go back to what it once was, so we just have to deal with it, whether we like it or not.
    Last edited by shrubnose; 11-28-13 at 01:50 AM.

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    Re: Has commercialism ruined Christmas?

    Quote Originally Posted by Van Basten View Post
    Nope!

    Seriously people, you ultimately decide to let the spirit of Christmas and the holiday season be ruined for you by commercialism. That's on you.

    Personally, I love this time of year.



    I liked your comment. You can't blame people who own or work in stores for trying to make a living.

    No one forces anyone to read or watch the ads or buy a single thing.

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    Re: Has commercialism ruined Christmas?

    Quote Originally Posted by Your Star View Post
    The birth of Jesus was in the summer. The early church just co-opted a pagan festival to make their holiday more popular.
    I think you just put your finger on the answer. Let's have a religious holiday in the summer, to commemorate the birth of Jesus, then just let Christmas be a commercial festival of sales, sales, sales, and just maybe call it the black holiday, instead of Christmas. That's what it has become, after all.
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    Re: Has commercialism ruined Christmas?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dittohead not! View Post
    I think you just put your finger on the answer. Let's have a religious holiday in the summer, to commemorate the birth of Jesus, then just let Christmas be a commercial festival of sales, sales, sales, and just maybe call it the black holiday, instead of Christmas. That's what it has become, after all
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    This is actually a pretty good idea, if you can't beat 'em, join 'em.

    every holiday in the USA has changed (And not for the better, in my opinion.) since I became an adult many years ago.

    I don't let it bother me, I just accept reality.

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    Re: Has commercialism ruined Christmas?

    Quote Originally Posted by Higgins86 View Post
    Was in Wal*mart today and was shocked to see xmas tree's up, xmas music playing and the staff wearing xmas hats! Xmas has been very commercial for a long time as we all know but is it getting too much? Its only Nov 15th and it is already being shoved down our throats, I mean what about thanksgiving? This will be my 3rd thanksgiving and you hardly even hear about it!
    Growing up I used to get excited on Dec 1st seeing all the decorations being put up and hyas it got closer you used to get that nice warm feeling inside knowing xmas was just around the cornor. Nowdays they start so early that by the time xmas actually comes I just want it to be over with and all the good spirt and magic of xmas is lost. I was brought up a catholic and I have to say its very odd for me that there is not even a sign in the stores that it is a relgious holiday just full of tacky snowmen and cheap toys.
    I don't know.
    Christmas is the same thing that it was when I was little. I just don't drag my kids to church.
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    Re: Has commercialism ruined Christmas?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dittohead not! View Post
    I think you just put your finger on the answer. Let's have a religious holiday in the summer, to commemorate the birth of Jesus, then just let Christmas be a commercial festival of sales, sales, sales, and just maybe call it the black holiday, instead of Christmas. That's what it has become, after all.
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    Re: Has commercialism ruined Christmas?

    Quote Originally Posted by Your Star View Post
    The birth of Jesus was in the summer. The early church just co-opted a pagan festival to make their holiday more popular.



    Correct.

    And it worked pretty good, didn't it?

    Helped a lot of people (Including church people.) make a lot of money.

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    Re: Has commercialism ruined Christmas?

    Quote Originally Posted by grip View Post
    Gifts, family, friends, giving and decorations have always been the biggest part of Christmas for me. It's not a holiday I ever tired of or felt it was spoiled by anything though most will agree it's become very commercialized. Which shouldn't be such a big surprise for a society based on materialism and money?

    Though like a house doesn't make a home nobody else can ever change what this holiday will historically always mean to me.
    One of things that's been prevelant in our local news and has generated a good deal of excitement is a new series of shops (not exactly a mall, it's outdoors, but I don't what to call it). I went driving through it the other day and it's nice but it struck me how so much of what we consider entertainment is buying things. I'm as capitalist and pro business/profit as anyone but I have been thinking, lately, that there has to be other maybe even better ways to enjoy yourself than accumulating stuff.

    Sorry, that's not really on topic. I've just been kind of contemplative lately.

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