Has consumerism ruined the holidays? | The Tylt
Critics have long blamed the decline in Christmas spirit on a rise in consumerism. The rise of holiday sales, shopping and the obsession with scoring deep discounts has pushed out the true meaning of Christmas. Others are snapping up those deals to find the perfect gifts for their loved ones. Is consumerism out of hand? 🎁
Has consumerism ruined the holidays?
It's almost as if whining about the end of Christmas is a holiday tradition itself. People have been arguing about the effect of consumerism on Christmas for the past 120 years, and yet we still celebrate the holiday. To many, the fear is overblown—maybe people should stop complaining and just spend some time with their loved ones.
The way we celebrate—and talk about—Christmas will always be a lightning rod for general anxiety about our society’s worth. But just as criticizing the holiday seems a perennial inevitability, there have also been those who pushed back.
For example, in 1971, a theologist called for the date of Christmas to be changed so that the truly observant could celebrate a more spiritual holiday. His suggestion elicited this still salient response from a fellow scholar:
“Many things are wrong with Christmas,” wrote Dr. Timothy F. Lull, professor of pastoral theology at Yale Divinity School, in an article for The Lutheran magazine in 1971. “But the greatest of all may be that so many people thrive on pointing out what is wrong with Christmas.”
Critics of consumerism say traditional Christmas values have been lost over time. They call for a pivot away from material goods towards family and charity instead.
Nainan said he and his family, including his parents and sister, put an end to buying gifts years ago and concentrate instead on being together and spending time with members of their extended family.“There is something wrong when people line up by the thousands only to trample over grandmothers to save $5 on a toaster oven. This is not what Christmas is about,” he added.
as I've gotten older the real idea behind Christmas has gotten more relevant. The materialistic aspect is gone— b. (@bd2755) December 21, 2016
Y'all say it doesn't feel like Christmas? Christmas is what you make it, so stop complaining and get out there and make a gingerbread house!— Tayler Tanner (@Tayler_Tanner) December 21, 2016
I'm not going to get deep etc, but if you're complaining about Christmas shopping STOP. Plenty would love to have the $ to spend & ability.— Jason (@ScriptOhio) December 21, 2016
Shameful how Christmas is used as a season to spend more money on materialistic things, even more disappointing that I'm in that crowd— Kat (@vitamin_kat) December 21, 2016
Is it just me or is Christmas not as fun as it use to be because of how materialistic people are (including me) 🙈— kay (@kaylaarcand) December 21, 2016
Christmas is just an excuse to buy materialistic things to let family and friends know that you're still alive.— DaDDy (@AndrewBurst) December 21, 2016