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Has Christmas become too commercialised?

After descending on our retail calendar as if out of nowhere, Black Friday has now firmly wedged itself in and it looks like it’s here to stay.

While there is discounting at many stores, shoppers are only really saving money if they buy items they would have bought anyway. But the concept of Black Friday is designed to create impulse buying. Shoppers are told ‘when it’s gone, it’s gone’ – and there are even countdowns on sale items which helps add to the frenzied feel.

Has the meaning of Christmas gone forever?  Is there too much focus on buying gifts and less emphasis on family values?

 

Has Christmas become too commercialised?

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Munsterlander
1st Dec 2014
2
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Yes, but its only going to go one way, more commercialised.
Unless you spend Christmas with Father Christmas in the North Pole
Pleater
1st Dec 2014
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I begin to feel rather lonely in my celebration of the twelve days of Christmas - After Boxing day everyone is bored with the decorations and few seem to last even as late as New Years Day - they are dusty after being up for weeks.

By Twelfth night and the cutting of the Twelfth Cake, I feel I'm the only one still keeping Old Christmas.
The Archer
1st Dec 2014
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By all means have sales before Christmas. That helps everyone.
But, the American Black Friday encourages the masses to become very aggresive.....not a good idea.
Philip Durrant
1st Dec 2014
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Tescos have just ordered Easter Eggs for delivery on Boxing Day
Wilf
1st Dec 2014
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I hope they are not going to be displayed then too! 🙁
libaholly
1st Dec 2014
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Trying to think of a gift for the grandchildren is a nightmare - they seem to have everything. Perhaps it is working parents trying to compensate for having such busy lives but I can't see my grandchildren being thrilled by an annual and a new home knitted outfit for an old dolly as I was!! Who knows what's best?!
Wilf
1st Dec 2014
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I think there was less choice in days gone by and also less expectations and also kids couldn't see all the choice on TV adverts and the internet
Pollyanna
1st Dec 2014
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When I was a child the excitement began the week before Christmas at my Dad's works Christmas Party. Then there would be the Nativity Play at school when we 'broke up' for the holiday. Decorations went up on Christmas Eve (NOT November!). Very few shops were decorated as I recall. We were so thankful for the gifts we received and took great care them. We also knew the meaning of Christmas. Nowadays it seems to be all about greed, money and Jesus never gets a mention. Sad times I think, but perhaps I'm just old fashioned!
ronnieboy
1st Dec 2014
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I AM 64,SINCE MY CHILDHOOD XMAS HAS CHANGED BEYOND ALL RECOGNITION, WHY,PEOPLE HAVE MORE MONEY THAN EVER BEFORE,SOME PEOPLE !!!,CELEBRATE XMAS IN WHATEVER WAY THAT SUITS YOU,AS LONG AS YOU ENJOY IT.
Bazeley
30th Nov 2014
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The world is a much more commercialised place - I think we should embrace the change but make sure we keep our own traditions alive too. Each family has their own way of observing Christmas and maybe we should celebrate those as much as we enjoy giving and receiving gifts.
Archiebald
29th Nov 2014
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Not sure it has changed a lot over the past 30 years. When I was a kid we used to go to London and look in all the toy shops. The difference to today is we didn't have any money so for example one Christmas myself and my brother had a football all each..mind you at 8 years old that was utter magic and I look back with great fondness at those wonderful times. We also had stockings packed with chocolates and were so excited that Father Christmas had visited. Just like kids today I suspect just that they get ipads!!!
Baxi
2nd Dec 2014
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I agree with you Archiebald. Christmas has become a time of conspicuous consumption.
MrFred
29th Nov 2014
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I really enjoy trying to find gifts for my loved ones, I don't like to shop off a list of requests but to really think about what they would like. You won't get a voucher from me! I'm not bothered about receiving, but I truly do like to buy a well thought present - particularly when I think it'll surprise the grand kid's.

From this respect, I buy into the commercialism of it. I was, however, truly appalled by the scenes of black Friday. It reminds me more of a scene from dawn of the dead - mindless zombies tearing each other apart for some sub par tat that they don't need or, in reality, even want. This is the ugly side of commercialism, indeed... But that's just sale mob mentality, and does not jade my view of Christmas and my personal love of gift buying.
Baxi
29th Nov 2014
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The best thing to do at Christmas is go away - it's just rediculous how commercialised it's become. We've followed what the Americans do (yet again!) and instead of Christmas being a time for family and friends it's now all about how you manage to afford to buy the kids what they want.
Robbinn
29th Nov 2014
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I agree with Juniper7Lindsay in that we should be examples of how we view Christmas. For some, it is a religious festival whilst for others it is a time for family get-togethers which for some can only happen once a year. We each have a choice as to whether we buy presents on a large scale, or perhaps we believe in teaching our grandchildren that a very small, well-though-out gift is just as much appreciated. Whilst I have no religious connotations with Christmas, I absolutely adore the atmosphere of peace and goodwill. Only yesterday, I taught my little grand-daughter how to make an old-fashioned pomander with an orange, some ribbon and cloves. Some would call it a christingle but to us it is the scent of Christmas.
I abhor the terrible scenes of Black Friday but are they any different from the scenes of Boxing Day sales from previous years and Boxing Day is British not American.

"When you gather around the Christmas tree or stuff goodies into a stocking, you're taking part in traditions that stretch back thousands of years — long before Christianity entered the mix.

Pagan, or non-Christian, traditions show up in this beloved winter holiday, a consequence of early church leaders melding Jesus' nativity celebration with pre-existing midwinter festivals."

I've quoted the above but it is what many believe in so I believe Christmas can be celebrated by the many believers or unbelievers in religion.
Wilf
29th Nov 2014
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I remember Christingle as well with our kids who are in their 20s now it was a very special time in the local church and all the kids really enjoyed it
juniper7lindsay
29th Nov 2014
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I think that it's up to us to teach our grandchildren, just like my grandmother taught me, after all aren't we the wise ones in the family.
Wilf
29th Nov 2014
3
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I agree and think agree we do need to teach our grandchildren how impotent Christmas is and the Christmas message
Jo Kingham
29th Nov 2014
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Yes it has! It's just become about the retailers and we've forgotten what it's all about. The kids don't do straight forward Nativity Plays at school anymore - Mary and Joseph are invaded by aliens - what is that about?? For us we make the effort because of the kids - but in my opinion it's become one big commercial event. Once again we adopt the Americans stupid ideas like Black Friday and have people getting into punch ups in the stores over the best bargains!! Can we please rewind about 15 years ????
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I have heard that in America they no longer mention the word Christmas in school now .. it is all about 'The Holidays' and they say Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas! 🙁
Wilf
28th Nov 2014
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Yes I think it has. It seems to have gone over the top in the past few years. We have stopped buying our older kids presents and only buy friends younger kids/grandkids ones. I think the biggest change is probably up to a few years ago there used to be the shopping period and then boxing day and after was the sales. Now the sales start at the end of November. I read today one reason is shoppers buy now and then forget there was a sale so when they come in again after Christmas they go into a shopping frenzy again. I worry the whole idea of Christmas is being lost in this consumer frenzy.

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