A Holly Jolly Joke

Rampant consumerism and ostentatiousness leave the holidays lacking

The consumerist nature of many Christmas traditions could lead one to believe that it is a superficial holiday.

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The consumerist nature of many Christmas traditions could lead one to believe that it is a superficial holiday.

Catie Stevenson, Staff Writer

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    Christmas — the holiday where you spend a couple bucks on relatives you only see once a year and pretend everything in your life is going exactly as planned. The time of year where it is usually more muddy rather than crisp and snowy, which Bing Crosby wrote a whole song about. 

  There are also the obnoxious songs all about a fictional man who sneaks into your house and leaves only gifts, but takes your food. Sounds like a real “jolly” holiday. Of course, there are pros and cons, like seeing family or giving and receiving presents, but Christmas is the time of year to see who really cares about you or who really cares about what you will buy them.

    Christmas brings joy to people for different reasons, some only care about their presents and others care about the people they’re surrounded by. But some people get a limit they can spend on Christmas, some can just ask for whatever and hope their parents get it for them, and others may barely have a Christmas. The holiday is supposed to be full of giving and love, but people can take advantage of that easily.

    Christmas really is a nice holiday for those who spend it with trusted people, but games like Secret Santa take advantage of the getting part of the holiday, and not the loving part. The people participating spend their money on gifts for people they may barely know or like, ruining the real meaning of Christmas. Also, the whole Santa Clause fantasy is just another lie parents can tell their kids, with the outcome of their kids losing trust in their parents’ honesty. 

    When people say they’re ‘so excited for Christmas,’ it’s not because of their family or their friends. It is because they get the gifts they wanted, and everyone is always a little more excited about themselves then they are about others.