Blogmas 2018 | Day 18 | The Commercialism of Christmas: Finding Sincerity in the Holiday Season by Lorna
Christmas is not only getting too commercial, it’s getting too dangerous – Linus, A Charlie Brown Christmas
Linus van Pelt said it best, y’all. It seems to me like the holiday season can be summed up in one word beginning with C: Chaos. With the stress of traveling to different celebrations, buying gifts for your loved ones, cooking all the food for holiday dinners, and making sure everyone knows on social media just how much festive fun you’re having, the holidays can be exhausting. And with the media telling you and showing you what kind of holiday you SHOULD be having, you feel this immense pressure that you’re not doing enough. If your house isn’t immaculately decorated with red and white and your family isn’t endlessly happy and joyous throughout the entire day, you’ve failed. The commercialization of Christmas is hard to get away from, so here are some of my recommendations for how to keep the holidays personal and sincere, and how to keep them special to you.
Immerse yourself in your personal holiday traditions. With the media trying to shove a certain kind of holiday experience down your throat, it’s important to turn your attention to the unique holiday traditions that make your own experience special. In my family, we always make it a family affair to pick a Christmas tree, go look at Christmas lights in the different neighborhoods, and we attend Christmas Eve service at our church. Obviously, everyone’s holiday traditions are different, so just enjoy the little things in your household that make it special for you. Whether that’s making a signature meal, taking a trip to see local holiday sights, or just showing some small businesses extra love, we can all find a way to make the holidays full of cheer.
Find little things that make the place where you are special. One of the best things about this time of year is going home and being in a comfortable environment surrounded by your family. Unfortunately, not everyone gets to make it all the way home for the holidays. So, finding the special things about wherever you get to spend the holidays can help make the most of your situation. Find some local celebrations, like a Christmas tree lighting or a holiday display. Every place has its special moments, and if you look hard enough, you can find them wherever you are.
Making time for self care. Self care is something that is talked about all year round, but with the stressful hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it’s more important than ever to take care of yourself amidst the chaos. And it’s also helpful that this is the time of year when things like bath products, face masks, and candles are on SALE! So take advantage of these holiday deals and treat yourself to your favorite de-stressing face mask, or a relaxing bath, and really make the holidays a magical time.
Remember what the holiday season is really about. Just like wise little Linus said, Christmas has become very commercial, and it can be difficult to see past the advertisements and shopping sprees to remember what the holiday season is really about. Above all, the holidays are about gathering with the people you love and showing your love and gratitude for all the blessings you have in life. So even if you can’t get your loved ones their dream presents or you have to make long drives to parties and celebrations, remember that the kind of cheer and joy that you feel when you make happy memories with your loved ones, and that makes it all worth it. That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.
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I'm a 20 year old Musical Theatre student at BGSU who loves pink, Disney, and creating.