Commercialization and Meaning of Holidays in America
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Every year for the latter months we go through almost 3 months of Holidays in which we shuck out thousands of dollars for each occasion some people say its the time to get together, I say well what happened to the summer time or any other time? We are subject to holidays being commercialized and sold to us. It seems each month we are celebrating something in America, from a religous holiday to just for the hell of it holiday (Valentines Day) without knowing the meaning of it at all or where certain symbols in the holiday come from. Christmas being the most commercialized because after Halloween adults all over America know its time!

If you poll Americans this time of year, far more of them regard the approaching holidays with dread than anticipation. It has long since become too busy, too expensive, too centered around acquiring that which we do not need. In fact, it's the perfect crystallization of the American economy -- the American consumer experience squeezed into a manic week, a week that people find themselves hoping will soon end so that on Jan. 2 they can return to the mere routine hecticity of their lives.

So all in all I just want to discuss what do these holidays mean and how commercialization has made holidays important.

But my main problem is Christmas, my problem with Christmas is the expectation by the majority that everyone else should be happy to conform and accommodate themselves to a traditional Christian holiday.
The social, political and cultural pressures involved with Christmas are enormous - and they operate even on those who are already inclined to celebrate it. The result is that Christmas becomes invested with so many expectations and hopes that it simply cannot live up to them, leading in the end to disappointment and depression.

Instead of a backlash against the holiday industry and the holiday itself, however, we get a backlash against critics and skeptics. They are saddled with labels like Scrooge and Grinch and treated like they have some sort of psychological disorder - why else would they dare to criticize such a revered American tradition?

Feel free to talk about any other holiday and its meaning!


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Every year for the latter months we go through almost 3 months of Holidays in which we shuck out thousands of dollars for each occasion some people say its the time to get together, I say well what happened to the summer time or any other time? We are subject to holidays being commercialized and sold to us. It seems each month we are celebrating something in America, from a religous holiday to just for the hell of it holiday (Valentines Day) without knowing the meaning of it at all or where certain symbols in the holiday come from. Christmas being the most commercialized because after Halloween adults all over America know its time!

If you poll Americans this time of year, far more of them regard the approaching holidays with dread than anticipation. It has long since become too busy, too expensive, too centered around acquiring that which we do not need. In fact, it's the perfect crystallization of the American economy -- the American consumer experience squeezed into a manic week, a week that people find themselves hoping will soon end so that on Jan. 2 they can return to the mere routine hecticity of their lives.

So all in all I just want to discuss what do these holidays mean and how commercialization has made holidays important.

But my main problem is Christmas, my problem with Christmas is the expectation by the majority that everyone else should be happy to conform and accommodate themselves to a traditional Christian holiday.
The social, political and cultural pressures involved with Christmas are enormous - and they operate even on those who are already inclined to celebrate it. The result is that Christmas becomes invested with so many expectations and hopes that it simply cannot live up to them, leading in the end to disappointment and depression.

Instead of a backlash against the holiday industry and the holiday itself, however, we get a backlash against critics and skeptics. They are saddled with labels like Scrooge and Grinch and treated like they have some sort of psychological disorder - why else would they dare to criticize such a revered American tradition?

Feel free to talk about any other holiday and its meaning!




thus the reason your not allowed to say merry christmas anymore in the work place your suppose to say seasons greetings or happy hollidays, i have a county job and you can get in a lot of trouble for saying merry christmas...
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True! I work in retail and they say we can't say Merry Christmas but yet and still we have a Christmas tree up, decor, and the most boring Christmas music blaring over the speakers! I just think people over commercialize Christmas..........its just too much!
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You make an excellent point. Christmas was originally a religious holiday, but I would bet any amount of money that if you asked every child in America, the majority of them would associate Christmas with Santa than with Jesus. Same thing with Easter and the Easter bunny. It's just sending out mixed signals. Is it religious or is it secular? I really don't care either way, but it needs to pick one or become two holidays. And in terms of holiday commercialization, it has gone way too far. I have seen stores selling christmas decorations weeks before Halloween. As far as Valentine's day is concerned, it should not even exist. It's just an awful holiday, and an excuse for people to spend excessive amounts of money on flowers and inane gifts. And I fail to see what's wrong with saying "Merry Christmas", because 1) as you mentioned, just about everyone is expected to celebrate Christmas anyway by giving gifts, and 2) it's not an insult. I would be happy if someone wished me a happy Hanukkah, for example. It's a form of wishing someone well.
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