Maybe you’ve seen it, the theme behind it is “Game On Santa”. The entire idea is that now we have to compete with Santa and if we shop from this one store, then we can top anything Santa will bring. Now wait just a minute! Did you just hear that? We now have to “compete” with SANTA!!! Can you believe that? Compete with a mythical person who doesn’t even exist; whom WE play the role; so essentially we are competing with ourselves, trying to “top” ourselves with more and more elaborate and expensive gifts. What happened to the True Meaning of Christmas?
It is one thing too accept Santa as an icon of Christmas. When we remember the spirit behind Saint Nicolas, where the Jolly ol’ man originated, it is quite fitting to include Santa in our Holiday traditions, but when we turn it into a competition as to who can get the biggest and best gift it seems to be as an attempt to return to the original Pagan festival that originally was celebrated during the Winter Solstice. What are we worshiping on Christmas day? Our Savior or a new LG TV? I’m not saying we can’t HAVE that new TV, or that we can’t have nice gifts on Christmas, but merely we need to enjoy our gifts in a spirit of thanksgiving not one of Pride that we “topped” someone/thing. We need to remember that it is through Him and our Heavenly Father that we have the blessings and gifts and money to buy those gifts in the first place. Would they be pleased to see us gloating or boasting that we got a bigger gift than someone else? Or should we be humble and thankful that He has blessed us so abundantly?
I find myself extra homesick for Germany around Christmas time as I miss the feeling the holiday exudes in that culture. You will find amazing Christmas ornaments everywhere you turn, and most of them centered on Christ, the nativity and the entire reason for the season. Yes they have more entertaining decor, Santa, reindeer, and such, but what you will find most prevalent is the nativity in ornaments, blown glass, large scale nativities, the popular Christmas Pyramids and even their exquisite Music boxes. Sure, I never watched the German TV because let’s face it, my German was weak at best; so I don’t know how their media approaches the holiday, but I do know the feeling on the street and in all the markets. There was a much happier and friendlier feel than what I get each time I have to watch the commercial I commented about earlier.
So, what will you do this Holiday season? I have had the luxury to get to know some of you, my readers, in a more personal nature and it gives me such joy to know that you do not accept the holiday as the media would have us portray and experience this sacred event. I’m so grateful to have found amazing friends in you that share the opinion of holding to traditional values and not following the mainstream. I’m grateful for each of YOU!
What is your take on the commercial? Am I just a little too sensitive from having very minimal exposure to mainstream media? Or is my irritation with some of the ways commercials are approaching this season justified?