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Angry and disappointed!!

Posted by kc8tby on Saturday, November 6, 2010

First off, I just want you all to know that I am NOT a Scrooge.  Far from it.  I enjoy Christmas and the holiday season as much as anyone else.  I am, however, very, very upset and more than a bit disappointed by what I heard being played on a local radio station today.  Christmas Carols!  (And it isn't even Thanksgiving yet?!)

Now I certainly don't mind everyone getting in the Christmas spirit.  Like I said , I am not a Scrooge.  What I don't like, however, is the pure, unadulterated commercialization of the Christmas season simply to help "sell stuff" and to make a profit.  That is wrong folks. It is just not right. It is just plain wrong!

I certainly understand the needs of retailers to increase their business and to get as much of an edge on their competition as possible during this season.  I certainly understand that the average retailer makes the majority of his or her profits during the Christmas season. Also, I understand that our economy is in the pits, as they say.  Christmas, however, is NOT soley about making a buck!  It is suppossed to be a time when we celebrate the birth of Our Savior.  (And I certainly know that those folks who are not Christian also find this season a time to celebrate their own religious observances, i.e. Jewish Holy Days, etc.)

It just seems to me that we are increasingly losing the true "reason for the season".  I love Christmas music, please don't get me wrong folks. Can we wait, however, until we are a bit closer to the Christmas holidays, however?  Can we try to be a bit less "commercial" in our intentions?  (Of course I am directing that thought at those folks who are soley thinking about the Christmas season as a time when all we should do is to sell, sell, sell!!) I just want us all to keep in mind that there is, and always will be, a religious aspect to the holiday season.  Let's keep it a sacred time as it always was intended to be. 

OK, I'm done ranting.   LOL, and I didn't even mention the banjo once in this entire entry!  Yikes!

Thanks for your patience with this, one of my pet peaves!


5 comments on “Angry and disappointed!!”

Paul R Says:
Saturday, November 6, 2010 @8:43:48 PM

Here in Canada Thanksgiving was over some weeks ago, so the Christmas stuff comes out in stores right after Hallowe'en - and sometimes before. I agree, give it a rest!

Our holidays seem to get taken over by commercial interests no matter what. Mother's Day started as an anti-war day. You'd never know it today.

This is a pet peeve of mine: The only "Christmas" songs you hear are: "We Wish You a Merry Christmas", "Deck the Halls", and "Jingle Bells' (which is about winter, not Christmas). Check the TV commercials; you'll rarely ever hear any other but those three songs. You certainly will almost never hear a Christmas song that actually deals with the "reason for the season"!

I love listening to Christmas music - the old choral music, especially the English hymns (and some French ones from Quebec), and Handel's "Messiah". Two of my favourite CDs are "The Mystery of Christmas" by the Elora Festival Singers, and "En la fete de Noel" by La Petite Bande de Montreal, on the Naxos label. Well worth searching out and purchasing.

Hey, at least they still call it "Christmas"!

kc8tby Says:
Sunday, November 7, 2010 @1:42:03 AM

You are right Paul. I too have noticed that, more often than not, I will here only one of those three songs you mentioned whenever you hear a commercial!
As for still calling it Christmas...well, there has been quite a bit of controversy lately, as well as some serious litigation, brought about by many people who feel their communities should not use the word Christmas at all! They want to eliminate any reference whatsoever to the religious aspect of the season.
A shame, isn't it?

banjotef Says:
Sunday, November 7, 2010 @5:23:52 AM

I'm with ya!!

Ks_5-picker Says:
Sunday, November 7, 2010 @7:19:26 AM

I work at Walmart....we've been setting Christmas mods for 2 weeks already. We'll be throwing hundreds of halloween costumes away this week to make room for more....I guess we just skip Thanksgiving now.
Don't let anybody fool you into thinking you can't call it Christmas any time any place you want speech rules.

gottasmilealot Says:
Tuesday, November 9, 2010 @9:03:32 AM

I agree. I don't like that Thanksgiving tends to be swept aside in favor of additional Christmas sales. Perhaps if gifts and cards were done away with, all the holidays would get back to their original purpose.

Not everything has to be a Hallmark moment, if you know what I mean.

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