Every year right about this time, there is a certain segment of our society that loves playing up the idea of a War on Christmas. In fact, a few years ago, one prominent television personality wrote a book titled exactly that.
The idea behind this so-called war is that people are trying to ruin Christmas through political correctness, by making Christmas secular rather than religious. This is executed by removing overt Christmas mentions from public holiday displays and school plays, then being inclusive of other holiday traditions or lack thereof. One of the most aggregious abuses, according to this line of thinking, comes when someone says, "Happy holidays," rather than, "Merry Christmas."
As much as some of us like to make fun of others for their war-on-Christmas conspiracy theories, we should acknowledge that the war on Christmas is absolutely real. It's just that the true war comes from a place that nobody expects.
The true war on Christmas comes from Big Business.
Every year around this time, Big Business does everything that it can to push you to buy things you don't need, and that other people don't want, so that you can feel like you've successfully celebrated the holidays.
Big Business will advertise crazy deals that only the very first people will be able to get, and then revel in the hoards of people waiting in line and fighting over what is, essentially, stuff.
Big Business will put pressure on you this holiday season so that you feel that maybe you haven't done enough for the kids, or for others.
Big Business will talk you into going into debt in order to make this Christmas be all that it can be.
Big Business will put pressure on its employees to hit holiday financial targets. Failure to do so will cause Big Business to say they've had, "Disappointing results."
Then, when disappointing results occur, Big Business will make itself out to be a victim and say things to the effect of, "We are still trying to recover from a disappointing holiday season." According to Big Business, a "disappointing holiday season," is a bad thing that you, the consumer, does to Big Business.
And all of this is done in the name of Christmas.
This isn't an anti-consumerism piece. I work in business, and I believe in business as a way to make our lives better.
Nor is this a "don't buy stuff for the holidays" piece. If you want to buy some things for some people, or do some shopping, go do it and have fun.
But if we ask ourselves who is robbing us of our time and our energy and our joy this holiday season, it probably isn't going to be the cheerful secularist who said, "Happy holidays," instead of "Merry Christmas."
Instead, you're going to find them running an ad near you, begging you to buy more stuff.
For Christians, the joy of Christmas is the celebration of the birth of their savior. For Christians and non-Christians alike, it's a time of year to celebrate goodness and those you love.
We need more of those joyful aspects of Christmas this time of year, and less of the consumerism. This Christmas, I encourage you to reject the external pressures that Big Business tries to put on you and simply enjoy the holiday for what it should be.
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