No Right Answer: Worst Commercialization of Christmas

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Every time I hear Yanks mention "Black Friday" and sales, I find myself wondering "Why would you have sales on the anniversary of a bushfire?"

Yes, I know it's not really about that, but considering how many bad bushfires in Australia's history have the name "Black <day of the week>", it's hardly surprising.

There's such a thing as a Hannukah Bush? That's just ridiculous. While the traditional Hannukah celebration isn't as "out there" as christmas, I don't see a need to add stuff that don't belong there and don't make sense.

Commercialised Christmas is the only one I care to celebrate. It's a reason to buy people gifts and do nice things and have a holiday, and I wish people would stop clinging to the religious undertones like that's what people should really be celebrating. Do that in your own time. Christmas is for everyone and for no reason.

drschplatt:

Waaghpowa:
Personally, I think you're all correct. Holidays in general are heavily commercialized and I don't believe that there's one that's any worse than the other. My family is traditional Chinese Buddhist, so we don't care about all that materialistic crap.

I live in Taiwan and it's the Buddhists that are the richest son of a guns who spend millions and millions on their temples, celebrations, and centers. Lol, don't claim that you don't care about materialistic crap because you're Buddhist. You don't care because you were raised right.

I do take the Buddhist tenant of denouncing ones material desires as it is linked to suffering in life very seriously though. There are hypocrites in every faith and religion, and Buddhism is no exception. Millions of people claim to be Christians, while being the wealthiest people and passing judgement on gays, which is the total opposite of Christ's teachings. I do agree that upbringing has more to do with ones morals than religion does, but it does work as a good template to get started.

P.s. My mother is from Taiwan.

My family is not capitalist or christian, but we love commercialism, don't care how others celebrate it (as it we don't get all offended if someone erects a baby Jesus thing), or care what they call it. We even call it "cris'mis" instead of Yule.

For my family, Christmas is all about flamboyancy (decorations up the wazoo, flashy light shows) & decadence/economy-boosting (Thanksgiving Part 2, spending all the money saved specifically for this occasion). It's an excuse to primarily buy all the stuff you want for yourself over the course of a year; There are no secrets about who's getting what, & we still wrap them. Must have spent $300 at Pier Once this month on decorations.

We also donate canned goods & clothing.

Waaghpowa:
Personally, I think you're all correct. Holidays in general are heavily commercialized and I don't believe that there's one that's any worse than the other. My family is traditional Chinese Buddhist, so we don't care about all that materialistic crap.

Also, Christmas isn't actually the day Christ was born, but I assume everyone knows this by now.

Well no shit. The very reason Christmas is even celebrated so world wide is because its profitable. Its extremely profitable. It's why I prefer to call it Capitalism Day. When boys and girls buy gifts with their money in order to pay their friends and family for all the kindness, truly in the spirit of capitalism.

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drschplatt:
As random as it is, the candy cane was actually made with religious meanings so, yeah, whatever that's worth. I'd have to give it to Black Friday. It overtakes Thanksgiving and Christmas both it's just crazy.

The other stuff you can choose not to be a part of and it's still a great holiday. But man, try driving somewhere on Black Friday and you're going to wish you had a grenade launcher.

I must lay down a Snopes-bomb of truth upon the candy cane mythology:

http://www.snopes.com/holidays/christmas/candycane.asp

I know, I'm no fun at all.

Ah yes, Chanukah (and dan's nicely robust chhhhh)... I do love having a holiday which is literally placebo christmas. It kinda helps that at least it not the perversion of a particularly significant Jewish holiday, I mean we have a non-central holiday for trees that rates more highly then Chanukah...

... still the saddest thing is that even as a placebo christmas it still fails... I mean it came so freakin early this year that the work season hadn't even ended yet so I couldn't even head home for it:(

Dan just needs to follow the age old tradition of giving his kid some relatively crummy present each night of Chanukah and then claiming with a straight face that it must be better because it lasted 7 times longer:) (It worked on me)

since I'm not Jewish, I can't comment on Hanukkah, so I'll just take your word for it.

But Christmas on the whole? it has become so tainted and corrupted by commercialism that I doubt more then maybe 5% of people even celebrate it for the right reason. I did wanna go with Black Friday, but its really not a cause of, but a result of just how corrupted the holiday has become.

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