Christmas is what you make of it!

I am so tired of hearing friends and family say that they cannot get into Christmas because it is too commercialized. I call total bullshit on that.

If you feel that Christmas is overly commercial, change it. Just because stores are having sales, it does not mean you have to shop there.

Just because your family and friends are going to all the expensive holiday festivals, it does not mean you have to go.

You are in TOTAL control of what Christmas is to you.

For instance, I love decorating for the holidays. I may go overboard; however, I do it because I want to do it. It makes me feel like a kid again.

I do not do huge gifts for Christmas though. I do small favors that remind me of people. You will never get a $200 gift from me. It is not the spirit of the season. Though I may get you something, I am not going to struggle for the next two months to catch back up on my bills so you can have a new PlayStation 3. If you want a new PlayStation 3, go buy it.

Also, I love driving around and looking at lights. If you can find a good group of friends, you can make an entire evening of this for cheap. Plus, it is quality time that you cannot recreate in any other fashion or at any other time of year.

So, if you do not want to celebrate Christmas, don't do it. If you want Christmas to be less commercialized, then make it that way for you. However, do not say that you want it to be less commercialized just because you are not in the mood to celebrate.

I think that most people that say Christmas is too commercialized are just too lazy or unoriginal to start their own tradition. They do not agree with the massive commercialization of Christmas, but they cannot come up with a way to do something more spirited.

Plus, saying you are not going to celebrate because a store/friend/family member/government official said "Happy Holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas", just makes you sound like everything that is the complete opposite of what Jesus was for.

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  • Well said. I have been one to complain about the commercialization of Christmas, and I probably will again to be honest. But as you say, just because Christmas as a whole has been commercialized doesn't mean that I have to buy into it personally. You've made excellent suggestions. I'm poorer than ever this year, and yet feel more Christmas spirit than I have in a long time. It isn't about money, it's about love.

    Merry Christmas!

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