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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 11-13-2004, 05:42 PM Thread Starter
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OK, I've had it already.....................

Rant on.

I can't take anymore Christmas advertising getting rammed down my neck. It seems to get earlier and earlier every year...............almost to the point where it would seem the ONLY money these retailers make is during the time from late September to Xmas day. Jeez, come on. It makes me mad to the point of not wanting to get anything............just to spite the stores. Maybe if they priced merchandise more fairly throughout the year, they wouldn't find themselves in that position every year.

It seems the major advertising offenders in our area are Sears, Target, and Lowe's. Although while shopping for wedding presents early last month, Hecht's was unpacking and decorating the store. The employees were so pre-occupied with all that brick or brack that they almost lost a sale due to nobody ringing us up at the register.

I think it is shameful and completely revolting. I will do my best to avoid purchasing at these major offenders.

Rant off.
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post #2 of 22 (permalink) Old 11-13-2004, 06:38 PM
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I know the feeling. I am mostly off the hook because I don't observe Christmas, and haven't been in a mall during the holiday season since I worked retail in grad school. My husband does occasionally do the whole Christmas thing, but he makes all his gifts, so he doesn't do the shopping thing, either.

I also find all the advertising really annoying, though (and it gets earlier every year)...I just have a tendency to turn off the television...and the woodstove makes disposing of unwanted print ads VERY satisfying!
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A Rant and a Question

Let me just say that October is my favorite month: my b-day and Halloween are in Oct!! Even BEFORE my b-day on the 26th, the mall was putting up their X-mas decorations and Walmart's garden section was a garden section no more...it was an X-mas winter wonderland. CAN I PLEASE ENJOY MY B-DAY, HALLOWEEN, and THANKSGIVING BEFORE YOU START TELLING ME TO BY X-MAS PRESENTS!!??

And can I ask this as a very serious question that I've been wondering about, myself? As a non-Christian, I've been wondering how truly devout Christians feel about the sanctity of Christmas being turned into such an economic hoopla that it seems like the true meaning of it has been lost. Even though I don't practice Christianity, I grew up in a home where I was taught not to let presents be the focus of Christmas. And even though I don't celebrate Christmas as Christians do, I still think of it as a time of togetherness, love, and thanks. And, to tell the truth, this excess of advertising upsets me and sends the wrong message to people, especially children.
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post #4 of 22 (permalink) Old 11-13-2004, 10:21 PM
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Well, yeah, the commercialism is a real drag. But to be honest, we Christians can't really claim this holiday as entirely our own. It has evolved from both religious and non-religious origins and has amalgamated into one general holiday, to celebrate many wonderful things: life, family, friends, giving, sharing....the stuff Hallmark cards are made of

I'll celebrate the Nativity, and sing Christmas carols. But I'll also read "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" and make my list to Santa In our family, we certainly shied away from the crass commercialization, but embraced all Christmas traditions.
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post #5 of 22 (permalink) Old 11-14-2004, 01:06 AM
 
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Starbucks has the xmas music and decorations out already too. I noticed several stores that had stuff out even before Halloween!!! So annoying. So very annoying.

The whole commercialism thing ticks us off too. We all stopped gift-giving 7 years ago, and it's such a wonderful freeing feeling. We celebrate by just being together for dinner.
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The whole commercialism thing ticks us off too. We all stopped gift-giving 7 years ago, and it's such a wonderful freeing feeling. We celebrate by just being together for dinner.
Ahh...no gift-giving. Sounds wonderful. It really is all about family, isn't it? I'll admit that if I KNOW someone has a gift for me, I get excited and want to know what it is. But, if there were no gifts, I wouldn't miss them. The tree would look a bit lonely w/o wrapped presents, but we could put baskets and pillows under there to fill up the space.
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post #7 of 22 (permalink) Old 11-14-2004, 01:41 PM
 
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I agree!!! i could MAYBE understand it here because after halloween it's christmas, there's nothing in between. but in the states it seems like they skip thanksgiving all together where are the thanksgiving decorations?? i do enjoy christmas though, i love being with my family and most of all enjoy giving people stuff and seeing that they love them. I just try and ignore all the store babble because that's not the meaning. we have to find the meaning ourselves
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I hear you, by the time Christmas comes, I am sick of it!!
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I don't like rushing the seasons! Try to find a pair of winter slacks in January. You can't. The swim suits are being displayed!

As for the Christian's view, Christ is the center of Christmas. The cantata at church, the carols, and the late service at church, the manger front and center under the tree.

This might sound like a paradox, but I love buying and giving gifts. We received the greatest gift ever on the first Christmas, so Christmas is about loving others and wanting to see joy on their faces. I never think about what I'm going to get. I get so excited wrapping the presents so beautifully that even a pair of socks seems special.

I also believe in Santa Claus. Santa is the spirit of love and giving at Christmas. When my children asked "the question" because they heard things at school, I told them the truth, that Santa is that wonderful spirit. Noone ever asked me to clarify that.

Sometimes I get a bit annoyed with the dear old man. Did you know that he dunks his cookies? Ewwwww! And he makes crumbs on my beautiful special tablecloth. He also puts milk in his coffee and tea, which I could never drink! Well, noone's perfect. He has such a good heart. He GIVES without wanting any credit for what he does. He is the personification of "Let not thy right hand know what thy left hand doeth," as the Bible teaches us.

What a beautiful day, with Christ at the center, and children, relatives, good food, and the spirit of love and giving lighting our hearts until we can feel the warmth of that light. I love it!





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I also believe in Santa Claus. Santa is the spirit of love and giving at Christmas. When my children asked "the question" because they heard things at school, I told them the truth, that Santa is that wonderful spirit. Noone ever asked me to clarify that.
That's how it is in my family, too; but my father always talked about the "spirit" of Santa, and he always talked about believing in Santa, so I never asked the question. In my family all the adults believe in Santa, as part of the spirit of Christmas.

I am also religious so Christmas has many special qualities to me. It is a time to be thankful for the ultimate gift our Lord sent us.

But religious or not, for me, the spirit of Christmas is in the love and kindness we can express to everyone, and in giving to others. I love to give gifts. I still use pretty and unique wrapping paper, and pass up gift bags. I like a more "traditional" Christmas feel. The ornaments on our tree have passed down since my father's childhood or even before; our tree always looks like something out of the 40's; it's different and I love it.

I do agree the "commercialization" of Christmas is sometimes too much; it makes us forget the true meaning of the season - love and kindness for all. But I enjoy all the Christmas decorations in the stores, at the same time. Maybe because I live in Southern California, it never feels like Christmas outside, but I can step into a store, and really get wrapped up in the feeling of the spirit of Christmas. So basically, I kind of like it. My dad grew up in a small midwest town, and one of the joys of Christmas for them was going downtown to see all the beautiful window displays - I think this is sort of the way it all started.

I do often think, though, that the widespread Christmas decorations must be overwhlming to those who don't celebrate, and I always wonder if they find it offensive that they can't walk into many stores without having the holiday crammed down their throat. I don't know, how do you balance it?
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