Christmas: Is it too commercialized?

When you think of Christmas, what comes to mind?

For some people, it’s the images of Christmas trees and Santa Claus. They think of hot chocolate and trees topped with snow. It’s being wrapped in cozy blankets while watching your favorite Christmas movie and eating candy canes.

For others, physical things may not be what one would think of. There are those who associate Christmas with gifts and money. They compare the things they get to what other people get. To them, Christmas isn’t about a nice break with the family — it’s what is sitting underneath the tree, packaged in colorful gift wrap.

Think about the lists of expensive must-haves that nearly every person has made in their lifetime.

screen-shot-2016-12-09-at-10-23-20-amThe meaning of Christmas seems to be lost because of how commercialized the holiday has become.

During the holiday season, stores put a lot of emphasis on “the best” sales, simply by making hot button items cheaper than normal so they can sell more. Everywhere you look, there are advertisements for products that promise to make your Christmas “amazing.”

In all of this, many people forget the true meaning behind Christmas and how the holiday season is meant to spread joy and happiness. People get so caught up in buying things and spending money.

According to ABC News, the average American will spend $700 on gifts for the holiday. The National Retail Federation estimates that a total of $465 billion will be spent buying gifts this season.

What happened to simply enjoying each other’s company and giving your loved ones gifts that didn’t cost hundreds of dollars.

It seems Christmas is focused on the money and gifts more than it is about helping and loving each other.

Instead of focusing on buying and receiving gifts this year, what if we all focused on giving to others? It would be great to see people focused on spreading love and cheer this holiday season. Giving to others doesn’t mean you have to buy anything.

You can give to others by spending time with those you may not see on a regular basis. You could visit a local nursing home and volunteer your time to sit and talk with those who live there.

There are several different ways in which you can give back that don’t include buying things, adding to the commercialization of Christmas. We should stop focusing on the gifts we get and the money we spend, and instead cherish the time we get with loved ones.

OUR POSITION: The staff believes Christmas is more commercialized because of the emphasis put on a variety of store sales during the holiday season.


The opinions, beliefs and viewpoints expressed by the various authors in the opinion section do not necessarily reflect the opinions, beliefs and viewpoints of the entire The Franklin Staff. Opinion editor Christina Ramey moderates the board and its members, including Brittney Corum, Matt Thomas and Ashley Steeb. Leigh Durphey, the executive editor, sits on the board. If you have an issue you would like the board to cover, email


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