Is Christmas too Commercialized?

Is Christmas too Commercialized?

As we countdown to Christmas, it is hard not to get caught up in excitement of the season. Shopping can be an overwhelming experience as we try to buy the perfect gift for everyone on our list. In the midst of all this holiday chaos, we have lost the true meaning of Christmas.

Christmas is a huge money-maker, bringing in millions of dollars each year to businesses all across the world. So it is no wonder that stores usually start putting out their holiday items in October. Businesses bring out their Christmas displays and holiday sales earlier and earlier, going as far as extending Black Friday shopping into Thursday, squishing Thanksgiving down to, not just a day, but a few hours. Each year, as we push more and more holiday items into stores, we are pushing the true meaning of Christmas out.

Sadly, Christmas in America is more about what presents you will find under the tree and where to go for the best holiday sales than it is about the true meaning of the holiday: the birth of Jesus. We have replaced God with Santa, and turned the Christmas Story into a tale about a sleigh and eight reindeer. Christmas is a Christian holiday to celebrate the birth of our Savior, not an excuse to go over budget on holiday gifts for everyone on your list. As Christmas approaches, I want to remind you of the most important things about Christmas: the joy of looking at Christmas lights, the excitement of decorating the tree with your family, the smell of Christmas cookies baking in the kitchen, and, of course, the warmth of being surrounded by friends and family.