When you think of Christmas, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Many think of family, decorated trees, a million lights, and of course, presents! As these things have become tradition we have lost sight of the true meaning – togetherness. Now this is not a ploy to force my beliefs on anyone, this is only my opinion.
With each passing year, Christmas becomes more and more materialistic. Merely days into the month of November is when the commercials start to entice us with gift ideas. The brands and products we forgot about suddenly settle their way into the back of our minds once again, and what we can get becomes the main focus until December 25th. These materialistic mindsets are fogging Christmas and the morals it holds so dear.
Thanksgiving is a day where we gather with loved ones. We laugh, reminisce, and eat until we have to unbuckle our pants. On this day we all become content and humble when sharing what we are thankful for. However, just hours later, you see adults pushing and shoving, some even fighting, just to shop for a good deal on the infamous Black Friday. What happened to “I’m thankful for everything I have?”
America is somewhat backwards. Nothing is wrong with a good deal, but people totally contradict themselves. Gifts aren’t the most important things to be worried about during the holiday season.
The gift aspect is mainly for a child’s enjoyment. Part of childhood innocence is writing out a wish list to Santa. Setting out milk and cookies on Christmas Eve, and to wakingthe next morning to beautifully wrapped presents underneath the tree and an empty glass and cookie crumbs, are a joy for any child to behold.
Gifts are nice, and nothing is wrong with wanting to give or receive them, but as adults, they should not be the main focus.
I know people personally who get highly upset when they don’t get the gift that they wanted. It is sad to see how ungrateful people can be. I have experienced Christmases in which I did not get many gifts, but I can honestly say that the Christmases in which I got the least, I enjoyed the most.
I enjoyed these the most because the memories made were priceless! I wasn’t drooling over presents. Christmas was the time that I would have a majority of my family under the same roof, family whom I hadn’t seen since the previous year. I was enjoying the time I was spending with my family while taking part in the funny traditions. I was engaged and more focused on the moment.
The excitement of the gifts I received was often short lived. Once your gifts get old, what then? When you reflect on that, your best ever Christmas, what memories do you have?
Christmas, sadly, has become just another way for businesses to capitalize and increase their sales. Don’t feed into the hype. Christmas comes once a year. Why not use that day to celebrate the intended purpose of it? December 25th isn’t the reservation date to give or receive gifts. Gifts can be given or received all year long. Be generous, but don’t lose sight of why we celebrate.
Christmas is the time for togetherness. Make memories! Enjoy the company of your loved ones this holiday season and make the most out of it, because you never know if it will be your last, but it could be your greatest.