The Commercialization of Christmas
Over the years, one topic which has sparked an interesting debate
among intellectuals, business men and Christians is whether or not
Christmas has enrolled into an over commercialized holiday. The period
at the climax of the year, December 25th, which we celebrate as
Christmas is the time when consumers increase their spending to an
outrageous level and business persons become elated as their shelves
become depleted of the products that assist in our celebrations.
The Oxford Study Dictionary describes the term commercialize as 'to
make commercial or to alter in order to make profitable'. In light of
this definition, I certainly believe that it has become too
commercialized and has strayed and deviated far from the Christian
holiday used to celebrate the birth of our Christ and Saviour, Jesus.
Those of us, who believe in Jesus, decide to set a date aside I honour
and commemoration of his birth and the blessings he came to offer us.
In more recent years, however, we have decided to show appreciation to
others for the goodness they have extended towards us during the year
by purchasing gifts. Those gifts, which we offer as tokens are
representative of the gifts, were brought be the Three Wise Men for
Jesus on his day of birth.
Commercialization, however, escalates because the fruits of our own
labour do not make many of the gifts that are traded. It is
substantially more convenient to stroll into any department store or
corner shop and purchase a gift which one deems as appropriate for the
occasion. This convenience has allowed the opportunistic business
'sharks' of the world to exploit such an opportunity and diminish the
importance of one of Christianity's most significant holidays.
Commercialization is therefore the outcome of this exploitation and
its increase is becoming more and...