Have a Very Merry Giftmas (a poem)
How Christmas is Changing
Christmas is traditionally a celebration of the birth of the saviour Christ Jesus on whom the Christian religion is based. Over the last few decades however Christmas seems to be losing it's true meaning and the main focus seems to now be on feasting and merchandising.
Add to this the increased multiculturalism in our societies, decreased regard for Christianity as a cornerstone of Western values, education and government, and even a seeming preference for this time of year to be referred to simply as "Happy Holidays" so as to be all encompassing.
Because the main focus now seems to be spending money on food, gifts, and decoration, maybe we are better of changing the name from "Christmas" to the more appropriate "Giftmas."
This poem is a somewhat 'tongue in cheek" but very sarcastic commentary on Christmas as I see it in the eyes of many today.
Food, drink and gifts going to waste
In their 2014 survey "The Money Advice Service" questioned British participants about wasted food and unwanted gifts at Christmas . They found that approximately £2.4 billion is wasted on uneaten, discarded food and unwanted gifts. The average adult spends £28 on food and drink that will get thrown away. Additionally, 37% of respondents said they received gifts worth an average value of £54 that they did not want or use. Money Advice Service
Have a Very Merry Giftmas
by John Hansen © 2015
Have a very merry Giftmas,
Spend what you can't afford.
Give record profits to the rich
Mega department stores.
Have a credit-charging Giftmas,
Go into massive debt.
Use up your credit limit,
There's no need to pay back yet.
Have a very well-lit Giftmas,
Decorate your home in lights.
You have to beat the neighbours,
Who cares about the fights.
Record Christmas Spending in Australia
The Australian Retailers Association said about $45 billion was spent in the period leading up to Christmas 2014, a slight increase on the previous year.
Australians spent in record numbers in the lead-up to Christmas, the peak retail body says, with those aged over 14 spending an average of $2,500 each in the six weeks leading to the event. (abc.net.au)
Have a very greedy Giftmas,
It really isn't rude.
Every kind of food and treat,
Gorge yourself on food.
The homeless don't need Giftmas,
Let others serve their needs.
You just worry about yourself
And the family you must feed.
Have a very faithless Giftmas,
Make Jesus Christ a myth.
Be good and praise St Nicholas,
If you want that special gift.
Food for Thought
Some powerful statistics to consider:
- Approximately $450 billion is spent in the USA during the month of December. Much of which is brought on by holiday shopping
- At any given time, half of the world’s hospital beds are occupied by patients suffering from a water related disease
- 2.2 million people die every year due to lack of access to clean drinking water. That’s equivalent to 20 jumbo jets crashing every day!
- According to the World Bank and United Nations Development Programme, it’s estimated that it would cost somewhere around $20 billion to solve the global water crisis. That’s less than 5% of what’s spent in the USA during one holiday shopping period in December.
Just hink about that! If people just behaved a little differently, and were more thoughtful as to how they spent their money, they could help solve the planet’s biggest killer. (Forbes: CMO Network)
© 2015 John Hansen
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