4 minuten spreken over “Is christmas getting to commercialized? ” Christmas is the fun party par excellence. In the cold and dark winter months it is the ideal time when family and friends are together. Christmas is an annual commemoration of the birth of Jesus and a widely observed holiday, celebrated generally on December 25, by billions of people around the world. But it’s increasingly likely that it will become too commercialized. Or is it already commercialized? Let’s start with the defenition of commercialization. Commercialised means the business is organised for financial gain.
The company’s persues maximum profit like every company. Whatever you believe , Christmas (religious, cultural, or none), it is a purely human invention. Even if it really is based on the actual birth of the actual son of god, the holiday itself is still a human invention. It’s a holiday that people made, which means that people are free to do with it what they like.
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I do get annoyed at religious people who insist that the “true” meaning of Christmas involves a rather silly and implausible story, much of which was clearly “borrowed” from previous cultures and traditions.
What’s annoying to me is people telling other people what Christmas should be. I just think that’s rude. An aspect of this that I’ve never really noticed before, is the standard complaints about how Christmas is getting so commercial these days. I’ve been hearing this complaint for my entire life. I don’t doubt that things have gotten worse in some ways over the last few decades, but the commercialization of Christmas is hardly a new phenomenon. But the important point is this: Christmas is only as commercial as you make it.
Here some facts and statistics: I found that 61% of parents born in the 1930s typically spent less than ? 50 in total on Christmas presents for their families, compared to only 14% of parents born in the 1990s. So people are spending more money on presents. And it’s hard to disagree that the figures show a clear trend – the meaning of Christmas is changing for today’s families. How about the fact that 63% of the younger parents admit they go without things in order to buy their children presents at Christmas? Comparing how we spend an average of ?
438 a year on techno gadgets alone for children aged between five and seven. At the age of seven this average spend leaps up to ? 761. What do people think the modern day Christmas is about? In a survey conducted by ComRes in October 2011 the following results were obtained: · 83% agreed that Christmas is a about spending time with family and friends · 62% agreed that Christmas is a time when we should be generous to people less fortunate than ourselves. · 41% agreed that Christmas is a about celebrating that God loves humanity. 24% disagreed with this.
40% said Christmas is a good excuse for taking time off and doesn’t really have any meaning today but 34 % disagreed with this. What does Christmas mean to people and how will they be celebrating? In another survey conducted by ComRes in December 2010 the following results were obtained: · 51% agreed with the statement “The birth of Jesus is irrelevant to my Christmas” whilst 46% disagreed with the statement. · 18% agreed with the statement “I dread Christmas” whilst 81% disagreed only 13% agreed with the statement “I would borrow money to ensure I could afford to buy decent Christmas presents” 86% disagreed with the statement.
54% agreed “Christmas is over-rated” whilst 44% disagreed with the statement. · 61% agreed “Christmas is mainly for children” whilst 38% disagreed. · 36% said they would be attending a Christmas service. 62% said they would not be going to a service, 2% were unsure. My Christmas isn’t very commercial at all. I don’t send Christmas cards, I only buy gifts for people I really love, and the main criteria for the gifts that I buy is that they should be easy for me to acquire. If it were up to me, only children would receive presents at Christmas.
If you feel that your Christmas is too commercial, you can do something about that. You can refuse to participate, stay away from the shopping centres, decline to spend money on tacky decorations and such. And if you feel that other people’s Christmas is too commercial, never mind. That’s none of your concern. Christmas can be about whatever you want it to be about. If you want to focus on Jesus and the three wise men, you can do that. If you want to focus on Santa and his reindeer, you can do that.
If you want to focus on enjoying talking with friends and family, eating a nice big meal, drinking too much, and getting involved in contentious arguments about politics and religion with your relatives, you can do that. What you can’t do is tell other people what Christmas is all about. You can’t pretend that there is one and only one “true” meaning of Christmas. They’re all true. I hate Christmas, but there are aspects of it that even I truly treasure: the various traditions that I’ve inherited from my family, the memories of Christmases from the past.
I see no reason why everyone should have to celebrate Christmas in the same way. The only obligation is to have the good grace to allow others to mark Christmas as they choose, unperturbed by your expectations of what you think it’s really all about. Whatever Christmas may mean to you, I wish you all the best. Commercialization is the process of introducing a new product into the market. There is a lot of money earned by those companies. And is strongly promoted by companies.