‘Tis the season to criticize our culture…
In much of our society, the last three months of the year are repeatedly overwhelmed and engulfed by what has become known as the Festive Season. Living in what has oh-so proudly been defined as a multi-cultural, multi-religious society, I honestly do not understand why and how our lives, the media and even our working calenders are completely geared towards Christian religious holidays. Yes, I will accept the title of the Grinch as I shamelessly attempt to rip apart the celebration of this holiday.
Christmas is, as most people will know,a Christian holiday where people of this religion celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. As we know, every religion has its own holy days and/or days of celebration (I am not about to delve into details, as I must admit my knowledge is rather shaky in these areas).
Our so-called multi-religious society appears to have accepted Christian celebrations as something which is a society-wide affair. This, I believe is an insult to Christians and non-Christians alike.To the Christians it is, quite simply, an insult that their religion has been so extensively altered and sullied by corporations and non-Christians alike.
To everyone else, it is simply a message that their beliefs are not as important or relevant as those of Christians. In many countries, most people are given leave on Christmas, regardless of their religion, while Muslims, Hindus,Jewish people (to name a few) have to battle to get time of work and/or school for their own religious celebrations. Every year around the end of October, the stores become filled with Christmas trees, tinsel and Festive Specials. Every single marketing campaign is directed towards getting the prefect, yet still affordable Christmas gift for your friend or family member. Whether you like it or not, you are bound to be bombarded with festivities.
Why has our entire society began celebrating a religious holiday? Well, I believe some of it may be attributed to large corporations. These people, I must admit, are brilliant. They’re thinking: Who wouldn’t love a day where you get presents and then proceed to eat as much as you can before either falling asleep or continuing to enjoy your new possessions? The answer they came up with: Nobody (except those of us who are totally self actualized and happy, but there really are not too many of those). So then these corporations do the only logical thing: they capitalized on a religious day and made themselves shitloads of cash, while gently increasing consumerism and human greed. Yaaaay!!!
In conclusion, the problems with Christmas are that it (1) Shoves religion down everyone’s throats and (2) IS ALL A GREEDY CAPITALIST PLOY. Uh, I mean it makes people greedy.
And that, Bottomless Void of the Internet, is How the Grinch stole Christmas (or should I say ‘X-Mas’?)….