Yes the spirt of the holiday has been lost
No I like the materialistic side of xmas and its good for the economy
Not really bothered either way its just another day off for me
Regarding the OP. I don't pay attention to any of the Christmas stuff. I am probably a little different. I turn off or mute commercials and have never bought into the consumer ad thing. Wastes energy and is manipulative.
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how does the song go? Oh yeh " its beginning to look a lot like christmas..."
Lots of people wanted this stuff for Christmas, someone figured out a way to provide it, cheaper.
Now you may have some fanciful belief that in prior years, people didn't want stuff, but it's all fantasy.
Things have been made more affordable, it's progress people.
I was discovering that life just simply isn't fair and bask in the unsung glory of knowing that each obstacle overcome along the way only adds to the satisfaction in the end. Nothing great, after all, was ever accomplished by anyone sulking in his or her misery.
Unintended consequences of the free market and it's habit of commercializing everything. BFD. Don't like? Don't buy into it. Keep about Jesus being born on December 25th or whatever.