Is Christmas too commercialised?

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Is Christmas too commercialised? Discuss and show two points of view. (10 marks)

There is no doubt that Christmas has become more commercialised than any other religious festival in the world, but has this changed the true meaning of Christmas? This essay shall analyse different people points of view on whether Christmas has become too commercialised or not.

A lot of pagan ideas have been incorporated into Christmas such as New Year resolutions, holy wreaths and a large feast, all these ideas based around everlasting life and time that should be spent with family, friends and kin. The sharing of religions is common throughout world religions. This can help preserve the religion although not in its “purest” form.

Many Christians believe that the materialistic side of Christmas is causing the religious meaning to be lost. People are putting up decorations such as holly wreaths, angels or even nativity scenes with no knowledge of what they mean. Younger generations are growing up learning that Christmas is simply a time to get presents, oblivious to the fact that it is a time of remembrance amongst the Christian community who are celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. Children are becoming unaware of what the decorations symbolise. They are confusing religious and secular symbols. Christmas was never meant to be commercialised, and people are gaining profits by selling unnecessary items as part of Christmas. Every year new items are introduced and religious ones are slowly being pushed out. The meaning could one day be lost altogether.

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On the other hand, many Christians think differently. Putting up decorations has naturally become a tradition for many people alongside the traditional Christmas dinner. Even non-Christian people are putting up religious symbols as part of Christmas. This is spreading the message to all across the world. Younger generations are learning about the religious aspects through seeing decorations and either asking or being told about what they symbolise. Realistically, it would be very hard to experience Christmas without knowing about the religious message and the story of the birth of Christ, especially for children. Almost all schools teach the story ...

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