By Julian De Ocampo ’13
I was raised in the ways of Christmas specials on TV and “White Christmas” blaring out of every shopping mall and car in the city.
There is a lot to the festive season: decorating the tree, wearing kitschy sweaters, drinking hot chocolate and waiting for Santa.
These all add up to create the season of good will.
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Shopping for Christmas is fun and picking out new decorations can be an adventure, but holiday shopping before Halloween seems to be a little too early.
In almost every single major business such as Target, Wal-Mart and even Home Depot, Christmas items can be found, and not in small displays here and there, but whole aisles. It seems as though Halloween and Thanksgiving are becoming less and less important in the eyes of big businesses and, it looks as if it’s getting worse.
The Christmas season brings with it many things: lights, trees, food, smells, traditions, highly decorated malls and stores with Christmas sales.
It also brings controversy about many of these things. The commercialization of Christmas has become rampant, and it is a good thing.
The hullabaloo that emerges is rather absurd. People begin asking us to remember “the reason for the season,” as there are others who wish for it to be referred to as “X-mas” when not in reference to Christ’s birth.
However, the most important effect that commercialization has is it takes the focus off of Christianity, and places it elsewhere.