A blog article by Bonniejean Alford (Educator, Activist, World Citizen)
We have all heard the statement “Christmas in July,” but someday it may actually become a reality.
By this I mean that decorations for the holiday season known as Christmas seem to begin earlier and earlier each year. I recall driving down the road at the beginning of November seeing holiday decorations.
And in all instances there is a focus solely on Christmas and not the many other religious celebrations that may take place this time of year.
What about Chanukah? Kwanza? Other holidays? All overlooked and passed up by a holiday meant to glorify the birth of a baby not everyone believes in. Quite frankly, it is down right discriminatory to exist in a society that claims to be open to a freedom of religion and then continuously participates in practices that are without question centered only in Christianity.
Don’t get me wrong. I am a Christian, even though I also practice Buddhism. In fact, I absolutely love Christmas and the spirit it is supposed to represent.
But the commercialism has gotten way out of hand.
Today, we live in a world where the message of the season known as Christmas is to buy, buy, and then buy some more. This is not what is supposed to be the message. The message is supposed to be about giving, giving, and then giving some more.
Where did the shift in society happen?
Honestly, I don’t know.
Maybe movies like A Christmas Story sparked something in society long ago leaving us with that need to have things instead of focus on the spirit of helping fellow community members. I truly miss the feel good sentiments set forth in movies such as Miracle on 34th Street and It’s a Wonderful Life. I imagine the world must have one day had that feeling, though it was long before my time.
I long for a time where being in the world was about giving and sharing and providing hope to all, rather than materialism to one.