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Commercials, Commercials

Posted by hyperpat on December 22, 2006

It’s almost Christmas time again. A season that has now become a celebration of commercialism, with darn little reference to its supposed roots. In some ways, perhaps this is not a bad thing, given the track record of just about every major organized religion. Unfortunately, every religion requires its adherents to trust in faith, to accept without any provable physical evidence a concept of a supreme being. And of course, once you allow such a thing, logic disappears, replaced by emotion. All too often, that emotion is distrust and hate for those who are not adherents to your own particular concept of god, which leads, again and again, to strife and wars.

Religion may not be the only cause of wars, but it’s certainly a major player.

Still, there are times when I wish that this season would be more like it was when I was kid, when church, carols, apple cider, and small, heartfelt gifts were more the rule, and I was watching It’s a Wonderful Life for the first time. The sentiments that Christmas is supposed to have are admirable ones,  and it seems they’ve been shoved under the pile of sell, sell, sell.

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2 Responses to “Commercials, Commercials”

  1. Peter said

    Yes indeed. Just consumerism gone wild. What I look foward to is the look on the little ones’ faces in the morning (our little guys still believe in Santa Claus), and especially christmas dinner when the whole family gathers and breaks bread together.

    The out of control buy – buy – buy is disgusting – especially given the state that others must live in. Well, the simpler days you (and I) are nostalgic for are “gone with the wind”.

    I hope that you and yours have a wonderful, fulfilling holiday, and a Happy New Year!

  2. Bob Heiny said

    And for me there are times also when I wish for the simple old memories of Christmas. The older I get, the more I’m convinced that some of these memories are of real events and sentiments. I try to make those times last as long as I can, in part by ignoring commercials. A relative, when coming out from uner anethesia, answered the doctor’s question of favorite movie with “It’s a Wonderful Life.” That response added a new meaning to one of my favorite movies since seeing it when it first played on TV. I hope you can also make your Holidays add to a wonderful life.

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