Christmas has become one of the most important peaceful economic engines of the America free enterprise system and it is all ba<x>sed on the birth of a child 2000 years ago. I think it is great and I think Santa Claus, as the personification of a bountiful universe, is the singular argument undercutting doctrinaire athieism whereever it appears. Jesus said that it is only as a child that a person can enter the kingdom of heaven and, from my experience, children know exactly who Santa Claus is and they teach their parents the true meaning of Christmas by their unambiguous celebration of the unearned bounty they receive and the unconditional love with which they respond. The only creatures who do it better are puppy dogs. Christmas is the lesson The One is trying to teach us with the life of Jesus, from cradle to grave. The beyond is just icing on the cake. HO! HO! HO!
Augh. Yes. Christmas is too commercial. Funny how we can't put a nativity on public land but we can fling Christmas deals at each other in every kind of media there is and go crazy trying to find that perfect gift to celebrate the birth of Christ everywhere else.
In the early 80's, I got a flyer in the [snail] mail, in Sept., w/a picture of Santa Claus on it...lol...I couldn't believe it!
It's as commercial as you make it. Turn off the tv and do something else!
NOWADAYS??? <br />
it's been like that since I can remember, and I'M 71......even back in the 1950's it was the same, although of course there were no computers/cell phones, etc...<br />
you were bombarded with Xmas music, way too many decorations in the stores, etc.......<br />
So it's always been with us, this commercialization of Xmas, just in a different way in the past.........
Go to church and hear plenty about Jesus.
Trust me back then you never heard much about Him either! lol
Hallmark makes a card for that
Kinda, but I like christmas. I also think Christianity and churches are too commercial these days they have their own bookstores now and all these rich( not humble) televangelists
Not in the least (he says spending £200 on a new xbox because it has a green casing and a picture of the baby jesus on it)
I don't know if it's the commercialism that bothers me as much as the greedy spirit behind it. On the other hand, Christmas as we would like to think of it is a fairly recent invention