Dec. 08 , 2014

DeKeveion Glaspie
dglaspie@uccs.edu

Holiday cheer at a bargain price, it’s that wonderful time of the year where we must provide for everyone in our lives, or feel left out of the loop.

The true meaning of Christmas has been stepped on and trampled by the rush to grab everything off the shelves at a price marginally slimmed down. Both kids and adults are more worried about what they are getting under the tree rather than being captivated with making cookies and writing letters to Santa.

Christmas products are advertised day and night. Companies persuade consumers to spend hard earned dollars on expensive cars, jewelry and other “things” just to show our loved ones we care.

Advertisements hypnotize viewers into thinking that they need products to make their lives better. It’s ridiculous that materialistic items are more important than spending quality time with family. The amount of money that is spent on these “things” can be put towards future bills or giving back to the community.

Year round, holidays are turned into a gift giving days. The histories and backstories are forgotten.

Yes, getting toys and gadgets for Christmas is nice, but the method retailers use to attract your attention goes way off the traditional “it’s better to give than to receive” notion. Some folks are given days off during the holidays to rest; the rest spend their time packed in stores fighting over the last PlayStation 4.

When the holidays come around, the pressure on parents and guys in relationships rises tremendously. They must work longer hours just to meet the demands of others.

Presents are not worth seeing a loved one go through a period of stress and tiredness, especially for something that will not last long or will soon be forgotten.

It isn’t until after Christmas that people realize that their main focus shouldn’t be on presents, but instead should be about coming together as one. Despite that awakening, the following year the same process is repeated.

Over-commercialized Christmas is now a norm in our society. Children would probably go mad if their parents told them to enjoy each other instead of wishing for presents.

We have to realize that we don’t need “things” or a specific day to show our gratitude to others.

It could be a random Wednesday when we go up to anyone and say “Hey, thank you and you mean the world to me.” The fact that you took the time out a regular day to say something could mean a lot.

Wake up and see the over commercialization that Christmas if filled with.

Don’t get caught up in the sales: instead be mesmerized by the little things during this time of year. Whether it’s Dad putting up the Christmas lights or the first snow, take it all in.

That’s what Christmas is about.