Have Yourself A Selfish Little Christmas?

Canada
October 8, 2010 4:35pm CST
The time is getting closer and I sit here and worry. Worry if I am going to get that popular toy my son really wants, or if I am going to have to fight over the last one with a woman much larger then myself beating me in the head with her purse. Or if I am going to get all the goodies baked, house cleaned and decorated in time for the holiday season. Hoping upon all hope that my wallet will keep even with me until I have all the things I need for this Holiday. As I worry I think, how did we all let christmas get this out of control. Why did we allow evils of technology and the market place take over the day celebrating Jesus's birth. A man who forgave us for our selfish ways, and gave his life for us? How do we repay him? By making his birthday about the most evil thing in the world....money. Why because we are still as greedy and selfish as we always were. Now adays to have a happy Christmas, is all about the money your wallet holds. Having the best most expensive gifts in the world, and gorging ourselves until we nearly explode. Am I the only one who hates what a mockery our christmas season has become?
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7 responses
• Philippines
9 Oct 10
I think nowadays,Christmas is becoming too commercialized.people are worried about what gifts to buy,what food to serve in their parties,and what dress to wear in parties.for me,I want a simple,meaningful Christmas.I want to spend it with people who matter to me - my family and friends.we will go to church,hear mass,and eat together.
• Canada
9 Oct 10
A simple christmas, sounds much better then the hassle of christmas I am used to. I guess it really is time to make some changes this holiday season. I'm really starting to look forward to putting some new ideas into action this year. I don't think my son would notice the difference and maybe he will pick up the habit as well. Maybe christmas will go back to the old ways, if we all promote the way christmas used to be long ago.
@kodukodu84 (1576)
• Malaysia
9 Oct 10
I completely agree with you. I hate the thought of not having enough saving and money to get all that gift for family members, when it is hard for to keep being able to eat 3 times a day. It is happier to celebrate and enjoy Christmas without any of those at all, so there is no expectations, and no one is sad because they didn't get what they want. I can't honestly stand doing all the run around before Christmas anyway, it is tiring...not that I do not care for my family but what I bought as a gift is not exactly what they need or would use or wear everyday. All these desires are just making us unhappy, it makes us work so hard for money few months before ang gives so much stress about it. There's nothing wrong celebrating Christmas with just little party and family gathering without all these gift thing.
• Canada
9 Oct 10
I am truly starting to believe, christmas is becoming unenjoyable because we make it so. I think I am going to step back and create the christmas I want this year, instead of the one that I have always felt was expected of me. Perhaps I will find something in christmas I had long lost.
• Canada
9 Oct 10
Yes, the Christmas season once so cherished by me is now the most stressful time of the year. It is not just the worry of the expense or the commerialized Christmas, it is all the rush and hurry and waiting in lines and cleaning and baking and wraping, tires me out to just think about it. I don't have the money to worry about the big expensive gifts and I could care less what the Jone's next door have spent on Christmas. But reading this post has got me to thinking. I'm not worrying about Christmas this year, I will buy a few gifts for my children, within the range that I can afford, and we will have our Christmas dinner, but I don't care about the rest. The important thing about Christmas anyway is not the presents under the tree but who you have to spend it with.
• Canada
9 Oct 10
So very true, Wordjunkie. Maybe if we change the way we handle christmas this year, the enjoyment of christmas will return for us. Perhaps our families should count their blessings this year instead of their presents, and perhaps they both will have a much happier christmas as well. :)
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@foofermen (503)
8 Oct 10
Oh absolutely, but only right before Christmas lol. Seriously though, I can empathize completely. The conclusion I have come to, however, is that money is not on the mind of your child. Money is on YOUR mind. The three wise men did not get their gifts for Jesus for free but do you think they were stilled burned after a run in with a stingy merchant? Of course not. Once it is actually finally Christmas, most people can forget all of that though, and are able to smile on their children. I no longer even see Christmas as a celebration of Christ's birthday, that is a lie and the sooner we come to grips with that the better. It is a time for children to be exited, adults to see old loved ones, and for families to come together. Plus, it is the only time of the year I drink lol
• Canada
9 Oct 10
Holiday spirit is very important for sure. I am really starting to see that, the holiday stress is more caused by us then anything else. We really need to just step away from the situation, not think of it as a must and enjoy the christmas we can give to the best of of our own abilities. I have seen the poorest man happy as a lark, while I have seen the richest man be a misrable old prune. Money isn't happiness...so why should it be so on christmas.
@eileenleyva (9352)
• Philippines
8 Oct 10
Hi Cookiebear, I can relate with your sentiments. Our Lord Jesus was humble enough to be born in a manger, and now we commercialize His birth. My family though refrain from all the garb. For the past three years, we had spent Christmas quietly in the home, after the Church Mass and some bringing of gifts to family and friends. But I do miss the reunions we had on Christmas day. We used to buy special gifts for all the children. And they love whatever they receive - a diary, a notebook, a book, a purse or a pen. The grown-ups exchange soap and lotion, and if we are more blessed, we give towels and lamp figurines and fruit cakes. The spirit of Christmas is in giving and sharing, as a way celebrating the birthday of the babe Jesus. Keep a blind eye on the profiteers. One day they would have to answer for their actions. But let Christmas reign in the hearts of those who believe. Get your son a book perhaps. He will forever be grateful....
• Canada
8 Oct 10
I think this christmas I will do better in remembering that I don't have to spend lots of money on christmas to make it special. I will try and think of ways to make this christmas just as special inexpensively, maybe christmas will be much more enjoyable if I remember that my child will be just as happy with something that costs 10 dollars, as he would with something that costs 50. And perhaps to save a little extra money, I'll get my son to help me make some of the decorations this year. :)
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@ree_yah (462)
• Philippines
8 Oct 10
yeah i agree.. thats why i am always telling my kids that it is jesus birthday... its a time that we repay him. by being good, charitable, and unselfish to everyone.
• Canada
8 Oct 10
It truly is. I think it is very sad that we seem to worship the almighty dollar more than anything else, esspecially at Christmas. Christmas now is more about how much money your company rings in at the end of the season, then anything else. In all seriousness what would St. Nicolas be thinking during Chrismas in the 2000's....
• Canada
8 Oct 10
I hate the stress surrounding something that is supposed to be about celebration and family. Although, to be fair, money isn't evil, it's just pieces of paper and coins. What is evil is the things that some people are willing to do to get it, because they just *need* more and more stuff.
• Canada
8 Oct 10
Well true, though it also depends on what it is that those people "need" that drives them to do anything for a buck. If it's for material things like fancy sports cars that pollute this earth, or big screen tv's and other fancy gadgets, for sure its just the greed that drives them. However there are people out there willing to do anything to earn a buck, to provide food, clothing, and shelter for their families. Thats not being greedy and selfish, thats trying to survive, in the mad and greedy world ours have become.