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
My guess is that the advertising starts asap so the manufactures can make a killing by the time Christmas actually arrives. With the economy so bad, they have to pump, prod and push us harder and longer into buying, buying, buying. And by the time Christmas rolls around, we're worn out and then the credit card bills come rolling in. And many times the bills will arrive at doorsteps before Santas sleigh lands on the roof. It's much easier to spend with credit cards, not giving a thought as to the bill, than it is to actually have to face reality trying to find the money to pay those bills. It's all exhausting.
Damn people, have you no self control. Since when do decorations and advertising make, as in require, someone to buy a product. It is only commericalized bcause you buy into it.
Blaming the merchant for your own failings is really sad.
I wish Christmas would restrict itself to the second half of December and leave the rest of the year alone. There was even Christmas stuff on November 1st this year. Thanksgiving has turned into pre-Christmas. It's kind of absurd.
Liberté. Égalité. Fraternité.
The second option, having the most votes at this time, pretty much proves the first option imo.
Sometimes I'm a bit annoyed when the stores have the stuff out by Halloween. However, I love Christmas. Christmas is what you make of it. If you don't go in for the commercialism, then don't. I love crafting, Christmas cookies, and the gift exchange parties - where your gift gets stolen over and over again. I can recite "the night before Christmas by heart." And I loved when my child was still young enough to believe in Santa Claus. I feel a bit guilty passing bell ringers without dropping in a little change in their bucket. Whatever...Hit me over the head with a candy cane. That's me!
"The measure off intelligence is the ability to change." Albert Einstein
Is Christmas too commercialized? Yes.
Every year we seem to care about how much shoppers spent for the holiday instead of the holiday itself.
My family is more important than my party.