Are the Holidays Too Materialistic?

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  • Klea 2011/11/28 18:37:45
    yes, there is no love any more. just stuff to buy.
  • hollytime 2011/11/12 20:43:30
    Depends on how you look @ it!
  • holycoderdiva 2011/11/11 17:58:24
    They are not materialistic enough. You need to go out and buy as much stuff as you can afford. go on, now. Off with you then.
  • BackRoadz 2011/11/06 19:37:11
    I'm not religous but i still enjoy the sights and sounds of the Christmas holiday. It's just sad how so many participate in this holiday by thinking that the more money they spend on gifts the better.........
  • jokeriser 2011/11/06 00:32:29
    not materialistic enough
  • Bibliophilic 2011/11/05 16:19:49
    It's the greediest time of the year. Let's all celebrate by spending, shoplifting and bragging about our gifts before we persist in drunken revelry. It's only magical for children.
  • Jensola 2011/11/04 21:02:38
    Christmas is very commercialised now, and that's a real shame. Kids want every new gadget and toy that just came out and cost the earth, and parents no doubt feel pressured into buying them so their kids 'keep up'.

    The world is just so greedy now. :(
  • Razoreye001 2011/11/04 00:33:57
    they are no where near as materialistic as they were originally celebrated.
    materialistic originally celebrated
    This was the original Christmas (called Solstice back then) that the Romans celebrated.
  • Brightsprite62 2011/11/03 16:08:44
    Which is why my family won't do the gift giving thing any more.
  • BaLou 2011/11/03 16:07:26
    They can get very commercial, but I love this time of the year!
  • redhorse29 2011/11/03 07:11:32
    This is a relative term. Gifts are given because we care and have no requirements attached. The value or cost of the item is relative to what one can afford and if the gift looses its meaning because it is just expensive.
  • bt sedlock 2011/11/03 04:16:41
    bt sedlock
    Very materialistic! And getting worse with each passing year.
  • Andric Lucid 2011/11/03 04:05:53
    Andric Lucid
    Most traditions are meaningless nowadays, they're just done for the gifts
  • JupiterBones 2011/11/02 21:13:06
    Everyone always talks about the spirit of giving around Christmas time. Christmas shopping is one of the hardest things to fulfill because you feel obligated to give someone something to show that you care. Love may not be about materialistic endeavors, but it has come to the point where many see a gift as an equivalent of love. And out of that respect, people buy gifts for others that those others don't really like or need because the purchasers felt obligated in the gift giving season.

    Also, the classic scenes where kids rush down to open their gifts isn't off at all. What kid becomes excited during Christmas time about the Christmas spirit? They don't - it's all about the gifts. But that isn't entirely their fault. The market is geared to where several brand new toys come out in the hope of profiting big in the season. Kids aren't stupid either. They know when Christmas comes that they're going to get toys - it's been engrained in their heads since they were born with that little scrapbook title: baby's first Christmas.
  • bt sedlock Jupiter... 2011/11/03 04:21:42
    bt sedlock
    What wrong with kids rushing down the stairs to open their Christmas gifts? That what kids do at Christmas and I think it's lovely. Sadly, as one gets older, Christmas looses alot of it's joy and meaning.
  • Jupiter... bt sedlock 2011/12/22 16:54:04
    There's nothing wrong with kids rushing to the tree. I think it's cute. I just think it's sad that there is a loss of the meaning behind it all. But excited kids are always fun to be around.
  • bt sedlock Jupiter... 2012/01/15 00:34:10
    bt sedlock
    People have been compalining about the commercialization of Christmas for decades. But you are right, it seems to be getting more materialistic with each passing year and that isn't good. I'm getting pretty sick of the commercialization of Christmas myself.
  • firelooker 2011/11/02 17:46:32
    The holidays are too heavily geared towards money and the spending thereof. I can't even afford to buy my wife one present for christmas this year which really hurts. My grandsons will each get a wooden rifle that made for them which only cost me my time since I already had the wood.
  • Roger47 2011/11/02 14:57:26
    I remember going to church during the holiday season as a child. A story was told of a birthday party. The children began asking each other what they had brought as a present. Each wanted what one of the others had brought, so they traded with each other, then went home from the party. They were so consumed with the presents they had forgotten the reason for the party.
    It is more true now than ever before.

    sad santa
  • amazinggrace 2011/11/02 14:18:49
    In my opinion, yes.
  • MegMurry 2011/11/02 14:05:15
    In the end, I think it's about family, and Jesus if you are a believer, of course if you aren't, that's not wrong. :p
  • Jupiter... MegMurry 2011/11/02 21:14:15
    Personally, I agree with you. But when I look at the overall picture of America, I tend to see a different light.
  • Aksana 2011/11/02 13:54:25
  • Bronar 2011/11/02 13:54:19
    Verizon won. Saw a Christmas ad for their phones before Halloween this year.
  • bob h. 2011/11/02 13:39:15
    bob h.
    Christmas isn't too materialistic, it's just too Chinese. For Christmas this year, I want a 20% tariff on imports.
  • exsecrare 2011/11/02 13:15:44
    and that is one of the many reasons why I do not celebrate ANY holidays.
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  • KingdomNow 2011/11/02 09:03:15
    Holidays are holidays. People are materialistic.
  • lonewolf 2011/11/02 08:58:48
    most people have forgot the true meaning of Christmas.
  • hatshepsut123 2011/11/02 08:55:39
    holidays are what you make of them
  • Wolfman 2011/11/02 08:04:35
    Not for me. I like giving gifts.
  • Gregaj7 2011/11/02 06:06:29
  • Cliff 2011/11/02 05:26:49
  • JustMe 2011/11/02 05:22:26
    all i see is it is like a competition and you are consciously or unconsciously made to feel guilty if you didn't give as much as the next person. this is part of the reason i don't take part of it and make it perfectly clear that i do not want anything other than peace and quiet
  • tomas 2011/11/02 05:11:48
    Holidays are to be shared with friends and family, not spending your way to the poor house.
  • Pele Emerging 2011/11/02 05:02:12
    Pele Emerging
    I always hear people complain about how commercial and materialistic the holidays are, but the answer is within each of us. If they are too materialistic, STOP BUYING INTO IT. There is no reason to spend huge amounts on toys your children will break or ignore the day after Christmas. There is no reason to spend a fortune hosting parties or decorating. Do what YOU want to do. Make the holidays meaningful for you and your family. Make traditions, instead of spending money. It's up to you.
  • MegMurry Pele Em... 2011/11/02 14:08:55
    I see all of the toys this year and I wonder why parents throw so much money. $60 for a Let's Rock Elmo? Which your kids will probably get bored with, fast. It seems that there are so many must have toys that your kids actually don't need to play with. Push a button, no imagination needed! :(
  • Pele Em... MegMurry 2011/11/02 14:18:07
    Pele Emerging
    Make it loud, obnoxious, and expensive and then convince kids they 'must' have it. However, we all have choices. We can go along with all of that crap or say no. My daughter in law is a very talented artist. Every year, some of the best gifts come from her--things she's crafted like personalized quilts, books of drawings of special events, special Christmas ornaments, etc. She is absolute proof that time is worth much more than money. My son and daughter in law also often find the expensive toys used on Craig's list of something, figuring that if it is in good condition and works, it's still what they want. Stores want you to believe that you must spend a lot and often to show you 'love' your family, but nothing could be farther from the truth.
  • bman~AVA~BTTB 2011/11/02 04:23:00
    Absolutely. The real reason is long gone. Now it's all about the presents.

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