Out upon Merry Christmas!
December 24, 2008 9:53am CST
"Merry Christmas! Out upon Merry Christmas! What's Christmas time to you but a time for paying bills without money; a time for finding yourself a year older, but not an hour richer; a time for balancing your books and having every item in 'em through a round dozen of months presented dead against you? If I could work my will," said Scrooge indignantly, "every idiot who goes about with 'Merry Christmas' on his lips, should be boiled with his own pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart. He should!" So speaks Ebenezer Scrooge, the Winston Smith of the 19th Century. You know the story, it gets shown on telly every year - this is the harmless old geezer who gets terrorised by evil demonic entities through the night, just because they disapprove of his lifestyle choices, until his head's so messed up that he cracks and becomes just another Christmas zombie, throwing his hard-earned money around and inflicting his mindless seasonal cheer on all those who cross his path. We're supposed to look down on Scrooge as he is at the start of the story, but those are true words he's using, aren't they? Even more true now than they were in Dickens' day. Christmas as most people practice it today is just an insane commercial runaround, where people feel pressured to knock themselves out hunting for presents they can't afford, to give to people who may not even want them. Not to mention all those ridiculous Christmas lights, inflatable Santas and Homer Simpsons that people have taken to "decorating" the outside of their houses with in recent years. And what's it all in aid of? To commemorate the birth of an oldtime religious leader who was born in a foreign land, two millenia ago, and probably not in December? The founder of a religion which large numbers of people don't even follow anymore? And if Jesus could have seen how his birth would end up being celebrated, would he even approve? More likely he'd see Christmas, 21st Century style, as a hedonistic vision of Hell. The worst thing is, people feel under pressure to spend, spend, spend, whether they've got the money or not. You can't even walk into a supermarket without having your senses bombarded with Christmas rubbish. Naturally this is the time of year when banks put a particular emphasis on flogging their customers credit cards and personal loans. This is also well-known for being a time of year when the murder and suicide rates go up. There are plenty of people who get depressed at this time of year because they've got no money and everyone around them seems to have money to burn. I imagine the Samaritans get a lot more business this time of year, too - but if anyone reading this is feeling depressed over the holiday season, don't let that put you off calling them, at least they're one group of people who want to help and don't want your money.
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25 Dec 08
it's true that to most people christmas is synonymous with spending...its true meaning has long been forgotten..people just look forward to gift-giving and endless family reunions which are just part of what we call tradition....and then what?! nothing..back to working hard to pay credit cards because of the gifts that you had to buy for this occassion..and then back to just a civil relationship with those that you just had shared family reunions,,,oh...this is just simply what is alll there is to a merry christmas!