By Ali Kochik
Around this time of year, people begin to feel a lot of emotions towards the impending holidays, but contrary to popular belief, those emotions aren’t always “holly jolly.” One of the most disputed Christmas issues is the commercialization of what is for some, the most religious day of the year.
Religions find it disturbing that many big businesses use the birthday of God to increase profit and sell, sell, sell. It’s commonly thought that all the pushing to buy more and more makes everyone lose sight of the true meaning of Christmas.
According to the Mission Partnership website:
10% of adults say the most important thing about Christmas is the religious meaning.
12% of all adults know the full nativity story.
36% of kids 5-7 don’t know whose birthday we celebrate on December 25.
In this day and age, commercialism has hit an all time high. Around the holidays, we definitely feel the need to spend a lot of money on our loved ones in attempt to prove our love.
However, I don’t necessarily blame the stores for this. They are just trying to do their job, so of course they are going to try to sell a lot around this time.
Michael Wilburn, and an 11 year old from Locust Grove Elementary School said, “I think it’s just because they need to make money by selling stuff and it’s Christmas. So I don’t really care if they do it.”
Stores know their busy season is also the holiday season, so they want to make the most of it. Plus, many aren’t even buying things for themselves.
“I think most people purchase things more around Christmas for other people.” said Molly Bradley, freshman.
I think it’s up to us to teach each other the meaning of the holiday. It can be really simple such as being kinder to one another, or doing some extra charity work. We should teach young kids the reason we are really celebrating. It’s not about the gifts, or Santa, or the food.
It’s about God and being close to your family and friends, and we should teach them that it’s better to give than receive.
“I have no problems with giving gifts. And buying trees and presents are cool, but not as cool as the real meaning.” said math teacher, Mr. Yost. “On Christmas mornings, the first thing we do is get out the Bible and read the Christmas story, even before we open gifts. We should share that with others, to prompt them to kind of, keep the focus where it should be.”
If we do that, then no matter how strong the commercialism becomes, everyone will still be holding the true meaning of Christmas near their hearts the whole season long.
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