By: Mira Kelley
Blogger - Aspiring Photographer/Writer/Visionary - Social and Legal Enthusiast
I came across an article written by Alanna Ketler of the Collective Evolution team titled "Is Christmas A Cruel, Unjust Cult That We Should End Once & For All" and it definitely revived the many thought-provoking conversations I've had with my significant other, friends and family over the years and this one in particular about Christmas. One thing I personally have come to loathe is how materialized the holiday has become and I've decided not to participate.
Many people quote Jesus as being the reason for the season yet tend to forget all about Him in favor of breaking the bank to purchase gifts, travel and spoil children with things that won't even matter or fit them a year from now. How do we reconfigure the holidays and get back to the things that are really important?
One important fact I gathered from Ketler's article was that Americans spend close to $465 BILLION DOLLARS on gifts and other holiday items. So, for only one day out of the year we are spending amounts that could end world hunger for 15 years, 15.5 times over. We are not only spending money on things that don't really matter but also spending money that we never had in the first place. Insane, right?
Not to mention that Christmas is almost non-existent for the less fortunate in our communities, therefor, making it a status symbol of sorts. How many can recall returning back to school after the holidays as a child and not feeling confident or comfortable when talking about what you received or did for Christmas? I do. Retrospectively thinking, I know that my mom did the best she could to provide 365 days out of the year so fretting over Christmas alone now seems very silly to me. Essentially what we are teaching and showing our youth is that material things mean more than our emotional/physical well-being. We are equating gifts to love and letting capitalism completely control and sometimes ruin our lives.
Place meaning in something other than money this holiday season. Do what you can but don't feel pressured into doing it, especially if you don't really have the means to do it with. Most of us are struggling, some are just better at hiding it than others so keep your head up! Besides, Christmas only lasts a day, however, love, health, family and Jesus (if you believe in that) are forever. Happy Holidays!
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