Has Christmas gotten out of Control?

@MissGia (955)
United States
December 8, 2006 1:27am CST
I can remember when i was a child how much i loved christmas. The whole family was together, we had dinner, watched christmas specials, listend to christmas music..when it was kept simple. But as i've grown older i've noticed a very huge change in christmas and the way its celebrated and i see alot of greed in it. For some people and christmas its "what am i getting" "how much am i getting" "i better like it", and it sickens me. and im not just refering to my family, im talking about people i've observed or listened to on the subject and its all about "me me me me". Black Friday, which is the day after Thanksgiving. When all the christmas go-getters go to the stores real early in the morning to take part on the really good sales, and what is that like. It's chaos. People hitting, pushing people over, just so they can get what? a gift People spend so much money this time of the season on gifts, expensive gifts that will be "out of style" by next year so they can go spend their bucks on the "new cool thing". What ever happend to family and being together? what ever happend to giving and receiving gifts no matter what they were, no matter what the value and still appreciating it as a gift from the heart, from someone you love? What do you think about christmas these days? do you think it's lost its meaning?
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17 responses
• United States
8 Dec 06
The most important thing to instill in children is what the true meaning of Christmas is all about. I see so many children demanding the latest toy or game. The parents fight over the last item in a store. Why? Giving in to children's demands is not a good thing. Stay within your means. Today's popular game or toy will be in the bottom of the closet next year. Appreciating the spirit, love and joy of the holiday will be something that will go on a lifetime.
@MissGia (955)
• United States
9 Dec 06
Exactly, and i dont think alot of parents are instilling that into children. I've seen alot of very young children who dont even believe in Santa Claus..they know that mommy and daddy are the ones who go buy their toys. and yes giving into kids demands is not a good thing at all, i would call it the leading cause to spoiled brats. tis a shame
9 Dec 06
That is so true but I hate disappointing them on Christmas by not getting what they want....then they go back to school and feel bad because of the other kids bragging
@iAlicia (758)
• United States
8 Dec 06
I wouldn't say it has lost meaning, in general Christmas has remained a family time... it also has always been a great marketing time for companies too.
@MissGia (955)
• United States
8 Dec 06
yes i agree that its still a family time..but wouldnt you say that people have gotten a little bit greedy? If you read my part about Black Friday, dont you see something sort of disturbing there? Pushing and knocking people over to get christmas presents for people..thats how we take part in our saviours birthday?
• United States
15 Dec 06
the spending has
• Netherlands
15 Dec 06
Do you think it has really gotten worse, or maybe it is your perception. As a child, you may not see things on their accurate scale. Some things seem bigger than in reality and some things seemed smaller. As you grow up you become more aware of the reality of things around you so it may seem like things are getting worse when they really aren't. It is perception. :) Just a thought.
@rosesulz (32)
• Canada
9 Dec 06
Yes, I agree that the season has been turned into a sales event for the retailers. The children are mesmirized by what is seen on tv, as are all of us. We think we can't live without this or that product, game, toy or whatever. At Christmas time it seems to escalate into madness. The true meaning and the TRUTH of Christmas is still there and always will be. It is we who must change this attitude of greed in the world. We need to step back and see what this secular commercialism is doing to the family and to our world. We need to start in our own homes, bringing back the traditions that make Christmas the day it is meant to be. One of joy and peace, of being together and in adoring the One Who came for us... Jesus Christ the Lord.
@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
9 Dec 06
I am so glad there is someone else out there that thinks exactly like me It is depressing me how Christmas has turned it used to be a lovely time and you are right now it is all about greed drinking going out to Pubs and that it is terrible So yes Christmas has lost its meaning very much indeed
• United States
9 Dec 06
I agree, I really think that many people have gotten greedy and it's mostly about me me me. It's actually pretty sickening to me. If I don't spend $200 at least on my kids, I'm made to feel guilty for not getting them "enough". I remember, when I was little and we mostly made gifts for each other and they were SOOO special. Of course a nice gift or two is great, but I really think it's going way overboard. Children (and a lot of adults) are not looking at Christmas as a time of family and giving, but a time to "get stuff". The worst part to me, is how commercialized it's become. It's sad to see Christmas trees and stuff for sale and Christmas lights on before Halloween is even over!! It just seems to be moved back further and further every year. Before you know it, it will just be a year round event. :(
@joepicat (113)
• United States
9 Dec 06
i must say christmas actually has gotten out of control although it is out of ontrol i still love the holidays,not even becuase of presents,but beucase i finally see both my parents and i guess it's acutally a fun holiday(starting this year) and i must say that people who go out and spend butt loads of money on black friday shouldn't because black friday is just made so that people populated stores and that people can as "MissGia" puts it get new things,congrats you got one new presents i bet ya can't wait till next year huh.anyways i guess that christmas has actually started to lose it's meaning.
@loveboy (671)
• India
9 Dec 06
celebrated as christrmas on the 25 december inis morth
@anup_cfa (899)
• India
9 Dec 06
Create a wish list of how you would like to spend the holidays. STEP 2: Express your desires to friends and family. Oftentimes people simply assume that everyone has plans and don't think to ask. Sometimes knowing you have an invitation to spend the holidays at a friend's home makes it feel all right if you ultimately decide to curl up with a book or watch a favorite movie by yourself. STEP 3: Jump on a plane. Plan and book your trip in advance for the best rates. Experience a different holiday mood and look. If you live in a cold climate, this might be the year to celebrate the holidays in a warm-weather spot. If you live in a warm area, why not go skiing or celebrate in a destination where a white Christmas is guaranteed? See 405 Plan a Trip. STEP 4: Hang out with other poeple who don't celebrate Christmas. STEP 5: Volunteer at a children's hospital or the pediatric ward of a local hospital to deliver presents from Santa. Dress the part. STEP 6: Contact a local senior-citizen center or assisted-living home to see if there are any folks who will be spending the holidays alone. Ask if you can visit them--and even take a picnic lunch. STEP 7: Pick up your hammer and contact an organization
@Sayantan (335)
• India
9 Dec 06
i don't think so.
@TasksGirl (216)
• United States
9 Dec 06
I don't think it's gotten MORE out of control.. I think it was always this way but it's just that when we were kids we didn't notice it.. Sucks growing up don't it?
@Sir_bobby88 (8244)
• Singapore
9 Dec 06
I not sure about it, because i don't really celebrate chirstmas but it surely has no meaning celebratin here in my countries, all just treat chirstmas like adversting season here yea .... there isn't any santa claus to send you any Presents at all yea
9 Dec 06
I hate that Christmas has become so commercialized. I get so busy around Christmas and so stressed about whether people will like what I get for them that it takes all the joy out of it. By Christmas day....I am just glad it is over!
• United States
9 Dec 06
its not lost its full meaning yet, but it is sure close.
• India
9 Dec 06
yes
@annieroos (1846)
• United States
9 Dec 06
I think that Christmas still has the same meaning.. But i do think for some it has gotten out of control.. And not knowing what the main reason of christmas is.. the Birth of Christ.. Some people worry so much about how much they spend and who can spend more.. or who can get the better gifts.. that they don't really think of what christmas is really about.. I hope have a great christmas.. God bless.