Do you feel that Christmas will be less commercialized because of the recession?

United States
September 29, 2009 7:13pm CST
Is Christmas going to get more back to the basics? For instance a family meal, the family time and less about purchasing gifts, and spending so much money?
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@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
30 Sep 09
we ahve always done the basics for if they get one big present or just a card as long as we are all together we are happy and not sure if we will get more commercails this year than we ever had
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• United States
3 Oct 09
It is so true , it is not all about spending money! Appreciate your comment and happy mylotting!
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
4 Oct 09
thanks and your welcome
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@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
24 Oct 09
I think more ppl are going to be looking for churches and such to help them give their kids any kind of a Christmas. I do think Christmas, for those that will be able to have it, is going to be much more simple this year. [b]!!Happy Halloween!! ~~AT PEACE WITHIN~~ **STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS**[/b]
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• United States
27 Oct 09
I totaly agree with you! Appreciate the response ! Simple can still be beautiful!
@cyberfluf (5005)
• Netherlands
18 Oct 09
I think that shop owners will try even harder to keep christmas commercial and drop prices on luxury goods we otherwise wouldn't buy. I think that we might be going back to basics, but I wouldn't call it 'christmas getting less commercialized'. The commercial spirit is out there and getting bigger no matter what. The only thing that has to change to make christmas less commercial is if you want it to change. We allways celebrated christmas with a family meal and small presents, allthough the young kids allways got a bit spoiled. We never spend huge amounts of money but allways had a wonderfull time. There is no use in buying lots of gifts that people won't use and will throw away eventually anyway. True christmas spirit doesn't come in a box.
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• United States
27 Oct 09
You have spoken wisely and I agree with you! I love your last sentence especialy. That is a one liner that does say it all!
@Fulltank (2896)
• Philippines
5 Oct 09
the effect of the recession on Christmas celebration is I think worst last year. Less people are buying and spending money last year. But this year, I think it will be a better year to celebrate Christmas. Anyway, whatever it is, it is still good to know that I, you, he, she and all of us are still here to celebrate this wonderful day.
• United States
17 Oct 09
Yes, because being alive is a gift . Appreciate the response. Happy mylotting!
@byfaithonly (10716)
• United States
4 Oct 09
I'm sure it will still be commercialized but I would love to see it go back to the true meaning and reason for the season - I seldom have 'money' for gifts so do my best to make handmade items for friends and family.
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• United States
17 Oct 09
Handmade items are from the heart. They are very special. I think they show more of the Christmas spirit. Appreciate the response!
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
30 Sep 09
I think it might be......its strange but nice....I do think everyone is touching basis with what is real and important!
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• United States
3 Oct 09
I think you have said it, exactly right! It is bringing us back to what is most important in many ways! Appreciate the response!
• United States
30 Sep 09
Maybe. My mother always spend a lot of money during the holidays no matter how her financial standing is. She says she'll pay off her credit card debt later. Maybe not such a good idea but at least she has holiday spirit.
• United States
3 Oct 09
People all handle this in their own special ways! It is a beautiful holiday season ! Appreciate the response!
@wolfie34 (26793)
• United Kingdom
30 Sep 09
I actually think that that might be a blessing in disguise my friend. I love the film A Christmas Carol because that was more about what Christmas was all about before all the commercialization took over. The beautiful snowy scenes and where luxuries weren't affordable and life was hard but we didn't take so much for granted like food on the table and presents were more appreciated. I think the true meaning of Christmas was lost too long ago, we'll never get it back but it might make people think twice before spending money they can't afford.
• United States
3 Oct 09
I could not agree more! You have really described the truth of the situation!~ People have gotten so far in debt and paid outragious interest just out of habit. When people do this every year, how can they ever get those credit cards paid off~
• United States
30 Sep 09
No, people will still purchase what they need to, regardless of the higher prices.
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• United States
3 Oct 09
Hope everyone does think about the true meaning of Christmas always! Hope it helps the economy and helps move the economic situation into a better place. Appreciate the response!
@debrakcarey (19924)
• United States
30 Sep 09
If it is, it will be a good thing. People do tend to think more about what really matters in hard times.
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• United States
3 Oct 09
I agree, the have to haves are more important than the what I can do withouts! Your wise in the pont that you are making! Appreciate the response!
@dragon54u (31636)
• United States
30 Sep 09
One can only hope! Christmas has become a mockery of all that it stands for and it's time to recognize it for what it is--a Birthday where we get the gifts of love and forgiveness. My family has never been big spenders. The poorest Christmas we ever had, my mom got my brother and me clock radios for $5 each. This was in the late 60's. She did manage to put some candy in our stockings. That was a very good Christmas! We went to church the night before that and she roasted a chicken. We played Monopoly and other games and had a snowball fight. We sang carols and drove around and looked at all the Christmas decorations. Christmas should not be about presents, but our love for each other and for Jesus.
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• United States
3 Oct 09
Once again, I totaly agree with you! The true meaning of Christmas, should be treasured and protected. Appreciate the response!
@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
30 Sep 09
I hope it will so that our kids can appreciate the real meaning of Christmas but to be honest I’m not so sure; it seems that people still spend even though it may all go on credit. I know we will probably buy the usual gifts but we have a very small family as there are only seven of us in total and 2 are children so we don’t usually over spend anyway.
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• United States
3 Oct 09
The true meaning of Christmas, should never be lost! I agree with you! Appreciate the response!
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@Thoroughrob (11750)
• United States
30 Sep 09
I do feel it will be more back to the basics. It almost has to be with so many people not working or taking pay cuts and less hours. I know it will be here. We are going to get a couple of things for under the tree, but that will be about it. We will still make it fun and have a great time.
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• United States
3 Oct 09
You have made good points. It can still be a wonderful time and very enjoyable. Appreciate the response!
• Philippines
30 Sep 09
I believe christmas will more simple as last year. Everyone had suffered from recession, I think a simple dinner would be enough for us this christmas. I will buy gifts but simple and economical gifts , the things that my family members will use for their daily lives, I want my gifts to be useful. I will only give money to my god childrens that will visit me, so that those money they will use it as their pocket money to school or to buy things they really needed. I will advice them to use their money wisely. Our decorations will be less too so that we can save energy and effort accesorizing the house. My objectives this christmas is to enjoy the holiday in a simple and economical way.
• United States
3 Oct 09
Your very right about what is needed and what is useful. This makes alot of sense and I agree with you! Appreciate the response!
@GardenGerty (102494)
• United States
30 Sep 09
There will still be people who will hock themselves to the eyeballs for gifts. Maybe not for as many people, but still it will be way overdone.
• United States
3 Oct 09
I think that people are more aware of how unpredictable the economy is and they will be more careful! Frugal spending, ect. Appreciate the response!
@uath13 (8207)
• United States
30 Sep 09
That's what it's always been for my family. My kids have never gotten all that much ( except from their grandparents ) but we've always had the big family gatherings. I don't have the funds to spoil my kids & wouldn't even if I did.
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• United States
3 Oct 09
When they get too much, you have to wonder how they can learn appreciation! Sounds like you have wise judgement!~ Appreciate the response!
• United States
30 Sep 09
I would really enjoy seeing that kind of old fashioned Christmas.
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• United States
3 Oct 09
I agree, more down to earth and more hand crafted gifts,ect! That would be very beautiful. Less people going farther in debt too! Appreciate the response!
@spalladino (17925)
• United States
30 Sep 09
I believe that this will happen with a lot of families, yes. When a family is having financial difficulties, such as a job loss due to the poor economy, the entire family makes adjustments. I don't believe that so many children will be screaming for the latest and greatest toys for Christmas or that their lists will be as long because they're aware that times are hard. My family has always been pretty traditional at Christmas...more focus on getting together and enjoying ourselves and less focus on gifts. My husband's family is Italian and the eating starts on Christmas eve and continues for days. So, not too much will change in our family.
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• United States
3 Oct 09
Theres no doubt on how the Italians love to celebrate with family. I remember many large gatherings! Appreciate the response!