Three cheers for Christmas materialism, as modern day scrooges attempt to make Christmas a lesson in selflessness. Christmas critics miss the point of what is happening. Okay, I am defending spending a ton of money on Christmas gifts and sometimes on gifts that maybe one doesn’t need. And for many retailers, this is the season that means whether they make money? (Not an insignificant point, since many jobs are often at stake if specific retail companies don’t make their margins.)
My reason for defending Christmas materialism and Black Friday is based on personal observations. For many, this is the one time they are willing to spend money on loved ones and give a little of themselves in the process. My own children teach me this lesson every year both at my birthday and Christmas. Every year they combine to find the perfect gift and the unusual. They put their efforts in searching for that gift that their dad may enjoy. For my children, Christmas is not about receiving but giving and they have more fun looking for presents for their parents than actually receiving gifts back in return.
Which is why l like Christmas for it is not about one receives but one gives. Giving takes precedence and it is a chance for parents to teach their Children the true meaning of the season; one of giving. For Christians, we view Christmas as the birth of our savior, Jesus, who gave his life for our sins some thirty three years after his birth. It is not just a story about the birth of a baby but a birth of the Son of the God. It is not a cute story but a birth that begins with Mother Mary having birth in a manager as there was no room at the Inn.
For Christians, we can’t make up for the sacrifice of what Jesus did for us on the Cross or for a God, who created us but we certainly can symbolize it by simply giving each other presents. Christmas is that one day in which we act a little kinder, for it is the one day that we take a break from the struggle of our lives. It could be argued that we should live every day as if it is Christmas but then living one day the way that God would want us is a start.