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Is Christmas Too Commercialized?

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Is Christmas Too Commercialized? 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. ...read more.


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 more evident. Christmas then suffers as business flourish. The actual reason for this holiday becomes so immersed under the commercial blanket, that persons not only forget the true reason behind Christmas but the businessmen structure their entire operations around the influx in sales during the Christmas period. ...read more.


However, there is one positive result from this which is the increased amount of income for some persons in dire need of the money. Unfortunately, this same income usually results in the purchase of extravagant gifts, as the owners of this money have to do their shopping as well. The harsh reality of this Christmas Over-working is that people are so fatigue on Christmas day that they cannot reflect on the blessings they have received during the year because the majority of them eat then sleep. The effects which were mentioned above such as the over working, over spending and exploitation of a once sacred holiday are a testament of commercialization of Christmas. Therefore, I strongly believe that Christmas has now become too commercialized. Jamal Jordan CSYRIA-DAY ...read more.

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