The Commercialization of Christmas - DL Dewey
The Commercialization of Christmas - Professor's House
Produced by , What Would Jesus Buy? lays bare the commercialization of Christmas. The film’s Web site elaborates, “Bill Talen (aka Reverend Billy) was a lost idealist who hitchhiked to New York City only to find that Times Square was becoming a mall. Spurred on by the loss of his neighborhood and inspired by the sidewalk preachers around him, Bill bought a collar to match his white caterer’s jacket, bleached his hair and became the Reverend Billy of the Church of Stop Shopping. Since 1999, Reverend Billy has gone from being a lone preacher with a portable pulpit preaching on subways, to the leader of a congregation and a movement whose numbers are well into the thousands.
The commercialization of Christmas is the fault of us Christians
Chitsike says he believes that it is a combination of big businesses and a materialistic younger generation which is fuelling the commercialization of Christmas. “I think I would describe it as the materialistic hijacking of an ultimately spiritual event by big business” he says.
I could not finish listening to her "word salad". Why do they keep calling her Governor when she didn't even finish her term? As a non-Christian, I am overwhelmed with "Christmas" before Halloween. How can Christians say they are being shut out when every TV, radio and store are full of Christmas for MONTHS. It is not autumn, it's Christmas. My religion does not exist until I say Happy Holidays, then get my ass chewed out by some Christian who proceeds to tell me about the "Reason for the Season" which was Pagan to begin with! They do not seem to recognize other religions or their holidays during the same month or even week as their one day. A day that was picked out as a tool to get Pagans to join their church and has nothing to do with the real birth of Christ.
The commercialization of Christmas has created an atmosphere of debt and stress for most families and taken away from the true meaning of the ONE DAY. It does not spread cheer. It spreads dread and stress over an extended period of time like nothing else. It used to be a nice tradition to celebrate Christmas with your family by giving each other modest presents, and all joining in with a hearty meal in the middle of winter….then moving on to celebrate the New Year a few days later with drink at midnight. Well that is a long way away from the modern commercialization of Christmas which has been hijacked by the big stores to make us feel guilty if we haven’t spent every $ in our wallet and maxed out all our credit cards. The endless advertising, the peer pressure to buy ever more extravagant presents, the new outfits, the parties and the never ending drinking. Some shops get up to half their annual revenue over the Christmas and new year period, so in a times of economic difficulty you just know that the pressure to spend is going to be turned right up.Yoh ho ho…just when you thought that it couldn’t get any worse…it does! The endless commercialization of Christmas has just taken a new twist with the revelation that the endless loops of Christmas songs played in the big stores are carefully chosen and manipulated to make us spend even more!! Read on to find out what they are up to and learn how to avoid falling for the spending traps laid by the big stores.Take a Frugal Tip from the Meany Goat and make this your best Christmas ever…avoid the commercialization of Christmas and you will have more money in your pocket which will give you every reason to smile!