We All Have One: My Christmas Rant

December 13, 2009 at 2:46 pm Leave a comment

And it’s that time of year again. As the classic song states, “it’s the most wonderful time of the year”. Oh please! Try one of the worst times of the year. No, I’m not a grump, grinch, or scrooge, I’m just extremely frustrated with the transformation of Christmas over time. Christmas is nothing more than a time of materials. Everyone is worried about giving and receiving, and the time that should be spent with family during the holiday has become a distant after-thought. At this point in Christmas cheer, we worry more about giving our co-worker a calender with half-naked firemen on it than we do about getting together with family and sharing old stories while passing the Christmas ham. Unfortunately for America, we cannot adopt the historic Yule meaning of Christmas, which was a simple winter festival at which family gathered during the darkest and coldest days of the year and celebrated the fact that they still had each other and a hot meal to eat. THAT, is what Christmas should be about. If you want to throw in a religious meaning to it, fine. I’m not particularly a religious person so I tend to lean more towards a holiday about being with one’s family and celebrating that time together. Is this wrong? Am I the Grinch?

As far as the typical gift exchange that happens each year, I have my acceptions. My rule for giving and receiving gifts is simple – kids under the age of 18 and significant others/spouses are the only ones that should receive gifts. If you would like to make an exception and give your 21-year-old student son a gift, fine. If you want to give your grandmother a book that she’s been talking about, fine. But there shouldn’t be this obligation to buy everyone something just so you don’t look like the jerk of Christmas. It has come down to people buying other people meaningless and pointless materials just to say they gave that person something. Why do we do this? Do you think your second cousin really enjoyed the flower-shaped paper weight? These meaningless gifts are noticed right when they’re opened – you open the gift and immediately realize that the person bought you the gift solely because they felt they had to. I hate this! However, I understand the kids’ point of view. As a kid, you look forward to nothing more than receiving as many cool gifts as possible…and that’s fine. But once you become an adult, understand that the holidays are about family and not materials. The easiest way to do this? Explain to your children the meaning of holidays, especially Christmas, as soon as you can. Explain to them that holidays are family gatherings that remind us of how grateful we are to have one another and a few gifts here and there are special bonuses of some sort…there shouldn’t be any problems with that.

And that’s why Thanksgiving is hands down the best holiday America has. Thanksgiving is nothing more than celebrating family, food, and fun…together. So, this Christmas I will continue to try and promote my belief…but the Grinch’s belief never goes over well.

Happy Holidays!

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