Has Christmas become too commercialised?

In days gone by children were happy with a clementine and some chocolate pennies in their stockings at Christmas. 

Now they are bombarded with advertising messages on the television and online in the run up to Christmas, showing them toys and objects that they never even knew they ‘needed’.  It is not unusual for children to be thumbing through gift catalogues as their bedtime reading or surfing online in search of possible gifts ideas!

Has the focus of Christmas shifted over the years from a wonderful time to spend with your family and friends, to an expensive present and gift event?

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

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