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Is Christmas becoming too commercialized?

by thriftyfrugalfun (follow)
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When I went shopping the other day, I bombarded with Christmas gift packs, decorations and wrapping paper. I over heard a couple complaining about how many gifts they have to buy and how it's going to break their budget by buying them.

So, do you think Christmas is becoming too commercialized? Have we lost the true meaning of Christmas?

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Yes....It has become way too Commercialized, and out of hand.

A lot of people will just buy in excess....Quite sad.

It depends what you think the "true meaning of Christmas" is. In the Roman festival that Christmas coincides with (not coincidentally), excess consumption was part and parcel (no pun intended) of the celebration.

Christmas has been commercialised for quite a while, but you're free to ignore that to a great extent if you want to. You can make gifts instead of buying them, or organise things so you only buy one present each for someone in the family, or give to charity instead.
I guess I mean one's own interpretation of the "true meaning of Christmas" for some people it is a religious belief, for me it is spending quality time with my family.
Becoming???? I think it's BECOME too commercial. Past tense. And I think it's staying that way.

For me xmas is about family lunch, but we do give the kids lots of presents.
That's very true.
by Vee
I love that image!
It's bloody scary, isn't it?!
by Vee
Yes - along with Valentines Day, Halloween, and Easter. But to see Christmas paraphernalia in September is a little ridiculous!
Most definitely. Hate it more & more, as each year passes!
The stupidity, waste, gluttony, expense beyond reason that people do is Unfathomable!

Then on the Day, relies' gather with others' they can't stand, eat & drink too much, old 'wounds' are brought to the surface & Bingo! domestic violence erupts! How unusual! Really a bad time of year & am happy when Dec 26th dawn breaks!
but it is up to the individual to go overboard or keep it simple I always told my family that it's the thought that counts not the money that is spent on the gift
Woolies started selling Rum Balls THREE weeks' ago! FFS! We just got over Father's Day!

Wonder when the Xmas Carols over shopping Centre PA will start?

Hate, hate, hate ALL the commercialization that goes on with Xmas. People go nuts with spending, & then they're 'in hock' for months' afterwards.
Gross stupidity. It just ramps up more, & more each year.

I read a 'definition' of Xmas years' ago, & IMHO, it's very true!

'People who can't stand each other, gathered together for a day, when they never see or talk to each other, from one year's end to the next, eating too much food, drinking too much grog, on a hot Summer's day'.

No wonder there's violence sometimes!

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