A Modern Christmas

Family time overlooked for material things

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Tamesha Moss, Photo Editor/Graphic Designer

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What has modern society done to Christmas? Today Christmas has become more about presents and materialistic items, but it’s important to remember what Christmas is really about.
According to history.com, Dec. 25–Christmas Day–has been recognized as a federal holiday in the United States since 1870. Christmas is both a religious holiday and a worldwide cultural celebration. “Christmas” is short for “Christ’s mass.” Families of Christian faith get together to celebrate Christmas as the anniversary of the birth of Jesus. Every Sunday was considered a feast and a gathering to celebrate the redemption brought by the death and resurrection of Christ. The character of Santa Claus is based on two Christmas legends: Saint Nicholas and Father Christmas. Saint Nicholas was the patron saint of children, who gave gifts to poor and orphaned children. Father Christmas was the spirit of good tidings.
Today’s media and advertising companies target Christmas so they can make a profit. They lead us to believe that the only way to be happy during the holidays is if we receive and give expensive gifts, but we have to keep in mind that what makes a great celebration is spending quality time with loved ones and helping those who are less fortunate.
While giving gifts is ok, being realistic is important. Don’t get carried away and don’t make gifts the main focus of Christmas. According to debtadviceresource.com, some people will be repaying the debt they borrow this Christmas in 2023. Also, 45% percent of those polled said “the holiday season brings so much financial pressure, they would prefer to skip it altogether.” Almost half said “their level of stress related to holiday expenses range from high to extremely high.”
Don’t allow yourself to become another statistic. Instead of  getting yourself in a finical bind, stressing and standing in line at the department store, focus on making new traditions with those you love. Join Mom in the kitchen, play a board game with your niece and nephew, sing Christmas carols with your sister and share a kiss with your significant other under the mistletoe. If you are someone that enjoys their own company, just put your feet up and enjoy your time off. If you don’t have family nearby and want to be in good company, you can always help those in need at the local shelter or non profit organization. It’s the little things that count the most. Spread the love.

 

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