With all this recent commentary about the state of affairs in our economy, I couldn’t help but wonder what Christmas would be like if we had stayed with the traditions of 50, 75, or 100 years ago. I’m not old enough to have experienced a Christmas then, but in what I can see from the media, it seems like Christmas sure was simpler and more focussed on¬ religious¬ and family traditions. Maybe there were a couple gifts, but not this orgy of packages under the tree. Sounds kinda nice.
With the¬ economy¬ in the state it’s in, it feels like we’re having Christmas shoved down our throats¬ more than ever by the corporate¬ greedy. The advertisers are playing into our attraction for a good bargain and selling us more crap that we really don’t need. I think it’s a good pill for the economy to take if, as Americans and consumers in general, we can learn to settle back into a simpler lifestyle, enjoy Christmas and the holidays for what they are and stop spending more than we have and buying more than what we need. ¬ And maybe we might even be able to balance our own budgets.