What would you change about the Christmas holiday if you could?
I'd make it last the full 12 days, to match the song, and bring it in line with other popular and lengthy holiday celebrations like Kwanza, Hanukkah, and President's Day.
I agree with Jeff. The joy of Christmas eve and day is too short lived. I would stretch it out (the family and friends, the laughter, the non-busyness and even the gifts) for at least 12 days. Could you imagine how good you would feel after that?
These days Christmas is ushered in and out very quickly. We celebrate on Christmas day and then from boxing day it all over. The Christmas music stops and so too do some of the TV specials. In the olden days Christmas started in September and carried on through till January. It's much easier to enjoy Christmas over months that to cram something so meaningful as Christmas into 1 day or two. So if I could change something about the Christmas holiday I'd slow it all down and celebrate, enjoy, pray mediate and do the things that Christmas is really all about over a longer period. That's how it is in Europe these days.
I'm glad holidays here in the Philippines are much longer, beginning the -ber months and ending on January 6 (feast of Epiphany). Even on September many houses are already bedecked with Christmas lights and decorations. But I could feel the spirit of the holidays even more during November.
If I could change the holidays? Maybe I could turn back the time and spend Christmas once more in my childhood, which was more fun.
Happy holidays in advance, co-Hubbers!
I would stop the commercialism and materialism...and give gifts to each other that are more service oriented, such as "I will rub your feet every night when you get home from work for a month", or "I will do your most hated chore for you for 3 months". We don't need more "stuff", but we can all benefit from others' kindness and acts of service.
I truly like your idea, the concept of giving service or some part of yourself or your time as a gift. But Wow, your examples! You're a glutton for punishment!! a month? three months? Will you be my friend? I got a list!
I wish it was less commercialized. There's too much stress on finding the perfect gift, spending enough but not too much money, etc. It seems that the holidays are over before you have a chance to stop and remember what they're really supposed to be about.
The avarice or greed. I think that people are in a hurried angry frantic pace to spend money they don't have to impress people they do not know. It's a Wonderful life kind of Christmas is for me...more good will unto each other.
Just my opinion.
I would change the commercialism and bring back the real meaning of Christmas, teach more kids the true story about Jesus and His birth and hopefully adults would wake up.
Yes, I don't like the so-called commercialism, but it is how so many, SO MANY, folks make a living. So leave the commercialism and then I, myself, come back inside and begin choosing how I want to participate in the commercialism. I don't have to be out there in the hustle and bustle, and I don't have to go looking for the perfect gift. Or I can choose to venture out into the hustle and bustle and choose to enjoy every second of it. I can even set a time limit for myself. I'm "going in" for three hours! I prepare for Christmas each year through meditation, and I have been doing this now for ??not sure how many years, but I am peaceful this time of year, and I enjoy the decorations, the smell of the tree, the lights, friendships and some of the rituals and liturgies at church. So it keeps coming back to oneself. What are you going to make of the holidays? Make the holidays a gift for yourself and those who are around you or make it the most stressful time of year for yourself and those around you. It really is a choice. So have at it. Choose! And enjoy!
THANKS FOR THE QUESTION. A GOOD ONE!
I agree with everyone here. There's too much commercialism and the meaning of Christmas has become lost. Black Friday is now black Thursday and the decorations and sales begin at Halloween.....it's disheartening. What about peace on earth, love and goodwill toward men???
It drives me crazy when stores have Christmas decorations and merchandise out right after Halloween. It really kills the spirit of Christmas, if it's around for so long. December supposed to be special, with all of the holiday decor and atmosphere. it would be fantastic, if after Halloween we could focus on Thanksgiving, and Thanksgiving only.
All businesses would be closed on Sunday. Really, do we need to shop 24/7? Back in the day, (when did I start saying that!) Sunday pay was overtime and most business were closed.
Imagine all businesses closed on Sunday - better employee moral, no worries about missing sales because all other places would be closed, saving budgets with no expenses on Sunday.
Hobby Lobby is not open Sunday. I love that they do that for their families, regardless of holiday. They just make sure they are great the other six days of the week.
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