I don’t mean to be a scrooge, but …

Bah humbug!

With today being Christmas Eve, I thought I’d share some honest thoughts about the holiday season.

While I love what Christmas is supposed to stand for (the birth of Jesus Christ, love, giving, generosity, humility, service to others, etc.), I strongly dislike what the season has become: a high-pressure, commercialized buying frenzy, during which time most people in the Western world expect to receive gifts.

Christmas can be a particularly high-pressure holiday for us parents, who are expected to make it “perfect” for our children. That’s why I feel Christmas, for many of us, has become like acting in a play, where we put on the performance of grand holiday cheer, while hyperventilating behind closed doors due to the overspending and pressure of it all.

Apparently, I’m not alone in my thinking. A Google search for “boycott Christmas consumerism” returns more than 400,000 hits. Furthermore, depression during the holidays is common enough to warrant its own name, “Christmas Blues.” While I haven’t had the courage (yet) to completely boycott the affluenza of Christmas, I participate less and less with each coming year … especially as my son gets older.

What are your thoughts? Do you relate to what I’m saying or do you think I am the female counterpart to Ebeneezer Scrooge?

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