View Poll Results: Have the ruined Christmas?

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  • Yes the spirt of the holiday has been lost

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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?

    I put up my Christmas decorations today.

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    Re: Has commercialism ruined Christmas?

    The commercialism doesn't bother me. Giving and receiving gifts doesn't lessen my enjoyment of spending time with family and getting to see relatives that I don't see on a regular basis otherwise.
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    Re: Has commercialism ruined Christmas?

    Quote Originally Posted by Josie View Post
    I put up my Christmas decorations today.
    I didn't know I was supposed to take them down.

    Seriously, I did string up a bunch of lights last weekend before we headed out of town for Thanksgiving. When we return home tomorrow I will flip a switch and light up the house. I didnt have to put lights in one of our dogwoods since I did leave a string in it last winter. I plugged it in to test the lights and they all work. I may leave up another year and become the official neighborhood redneck.
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    Re: Has commercialism ruined Christmas?

    Quote Originally Posted by Higgins86 View Post
    Has commercialism ruined Christmas?

    I guess that depends, on whether you let it ruin Christmas for you or not.

    It all kind of depends on what Christmas means to you. For me Christmas is about faith, family, togetherness, and a mighty good dinner. Hard to ruin that.

    My son is 15, and he is one awesome good kid. A couple weeks ago, just suddenly out of the blue, he told me something, he said "Dad, I know money's kind of tight right now. I just wanted you to know that you don't have to get me anything for Christmas, and it's fine if you can't, I really don't mind at all."

    Gotta love that kid. He is getting something for Christmas btw, even if I have to eat Ramen for a week.

    Now contrast that with some brats that you know that have a fit if they don't get ten gifts and turn up their nose at anything worth less than $100....

    Christmas is what you and your family make of it.

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    Re: Has commercialism ruined Christmas?

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    I guess that depends, on whether you let it ruin Christmas for you or not.

    It all kind of depends on what Christmas means to you. For me Christmas is about faith, family, togetherness, and a mighty good dinner. Hard to ruin that.

    My son is 15, and he is one awesome good kid. A couple weeks ago, just suddenly out of the blue, he told me something, he said "Dad, I know money's kind of tight right now. I just wanted you to know that you don't have to get me anything for Christmas, and it's fine if you can't, I really don't mind at all."

    Gotta love that kid. He is getting something for Christmas btw, even if I have to eat Ramen for a week.

    Now contrast that with some brats that you know that have a fit if they don't get ten gifts and turn up their nose at anything worth less than $100....

    Christmas is what you and your family make of it.
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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.
    That was your punishment for shopping at Wal Mart. You got what you deserved.

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    Re: Has commercialism ruined Christmas?

    I think Christmas has ruined the spirit of various ancient winter festivals.
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    Re: Has commercialism ruined Christmas?

    Well, since Jesus Could not have been born in mid-winter (had to be born in the late spring, summer or early fall based on shepherds being in the fields at night in Israel) and Christmas is holiday created by the Catholic Church about 300 - 450 AD so their members would quit participating in popular pagan rituals in late December / early January, I'm not really sure that commercialism could do too much damage.

    BTW, the earliest know celebration of Christ birth was in 200AD in Egypt and was held on May 20th. (Info from Encyclopędia Britannica)

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    Re: Has commercialism ruined Christmas?

    Quote Originally Posted by Frolicking Dinosaurs View Post
    Well, since Jesus Could not have been born in mid-winter (had to be born in the late spring, summer or early fall based on shepherds being in the fields at night in Israel) and Christmas is holiday created by the Catholic Church about 300 - 450 AD so their members would quit participating in popular pagan rituals in late December / early January, I'm not really sure that commercialism could do too much damage.

    BTW, the earliest know celebration of Christ birth was in 200AD in Egypt and was held on May 20th. (Info from Encyclopędia Britannica)
    I read somewhere on the internet shepherds could only score frankincense in the Oct-Nov timeframe and that stuff had a FDA mandates expiration date of 45 days......so it only reasons Christ was born in December.
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    Re: Has commercialism ruined Christmas?

    I voted "just another day off to me."

    When I'm nearby, I do Christmas with my family. I do it because they want to. No other reason.

    It doesn't bother me to do Christmas. I just don't have any personal drive to do it, partly because I don't think it's important. There's a few reasons for that.

    1. I'm not a Christian.
    2. I can love my family any time I want. I don't need a special day to tell me it's ok (I feel this way about a lot of holidays, religious or not).
    3. Christmas has always been about selling stuff, whether it's selling your religion or selling your new gadget. This commercialism is not new.

    So it really makes no difference to me. I think it's rather comical that the Christmas season, and the selling of associated wares, starts sometime around July these days. But does it bother me? No. I never thought there was anything particularly meaningful about Christmas to begin with.

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