Excellent post and speaks to how I feel about the consumerism of this holiday. I am continuing to boycott chain stores and corporations for various inhumane and anti-environmental reasons…and for their political ties. Local is the way to go and knowing who I buy from. I opted out of holiday buying in the traditional sense long ago. Now, I pick a very needy family each year to give to. It does much to warm my heart and makes sense of this season.
More than a week into December, I remain relatively unscathed by corporate Christmas chaos (although I’ll admit I caved to the craving for a Starbucks Peppermint Mocha). ‘Tis the season to make you realize what a commercially saturated society we live in — it bombards you from every side: the unbearable soft-rock holiday music playing on loop in the doctor’s office, the sad, cluttered “seasonal” aisle at the drugstore, the bus driver wearing a Santa hat.
I’m not even one of those wet-blanket scrooges who hate everything Christmas, either. I baked gingerbread last weekend, I get a thrill from the smell of Douglas fir on a cold morning, and I’ve been known to get verklempt if I hear Judy Garland singing “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” after a bit too much eggnog. Actually, my sentimental enthusiasm for Christmas is what makes me cringe at the corporate crap even more…
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