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Christmas, consumerism and Baby Jesus
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We get the same complaints every year about Christmas coming too soon on the heels of Halloween. People bemoan the lack of respect for Thanksgiving, Baby Jesus, and all things holy. Instead of the magic of the season, critics call it crass commercialism. I’m not one of the naysayers.

I don’t know about you, but nothing is more magical to me than Christmas lights, Christmas music, and Santa. I’m a better person when “Silent Night” is being piped overhead. In a world when people are increasingly calling for more God and more religion, I can never understand why Baby Jesus is relegated to 25 days in December.

The spirit of Christmas is vastly different than the spirit of consumerism. Just like you don’t need a Visa Platinum to go to church, you don’t need it to enjoy the simple joys that Christmas offers. If you aren’t scrambling for the last toaster at Walmart, watching the bustling crowds can be fun and festive. 

Going out on Black Friday doesn’t have to be a reenactment of the Battle of Bunker Hill, it can be a chance to hold a door for an over-burdened shopper, give up the best parking spot, or smile at that harried clerk. It’s amazing how much fun you can have on Black Friday and not spend a dime. Try it on Christmas Eve and you’ll be surprised at the joy you can spread.

I would give us a month off in January to re-group and then bring out Christmas starting in February. I like how I feel and how kind people genuinely are during the holiday season. If you look past the grabbing and buying, you’ll realize that having the Christmas spirit 365 days a year isn’t such a bad idea after all. 

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e get the same complaints every year about Christmas coming too soon on the heels of Halloween. People bemoan the lack of respect for Thanksgiving, Baby Jesus, and all things holy. Instead of the magic of the season, critics call it crass commercialism. I’m not one of the naysayers.

I don’t know about you, but nothing is more magical to me than Christmas lights, Christmas music, and Santa. I’m a better person when “Silent Night” is being piped overhead. In a world when people are increasingly calling for more God and more religion, I can never understand why Baby Jesus is relegated to 25 days in December.

The spirit of Christmas is vastly different than the spirit of consumerism. Just like you don’t need a Visa Platinum to go to church, you don’t need it to enjoy the simple joys that Christmas offers. If you aren’t scrambling for the last toaster at Walmart, watching the bustling crowds can be fun and festive. 

Going out on Black Friday doesn’t have to be a reenactment of the Battle of Bunker Hill, it can be a chance to hold a door for an over-burdened shopper, give up the best parking spot, or smile at that harried clerk. It’s amazing how much fun you can have on Black Friday and not spend a dime. Try it on Christmas Eve and you’ll be surprised at the joy you can spread.

I would give us a month off in January to re-group and then bring out Christmas starting in February. I like how I feel and how kind people genuinely are during the holiday season. If you look past the grabbing and buying, you’ll realize that having the Christmas spirit 365 days a year isn’t such a bad idea after all. 

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