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.
by Christin Sander 4 years ago
What is the most annoying thing about the Christmas/Holiday season?What do you find to be the most painful about the holiday season? Is it the same dozen songs repeated over and over and over? the rampant selfishness and consumerism? The inability to park at the store on weekends? What part...
by words cocktail 9 years ago
Well, not just WHAT, you can also say, WHY would that be 'the ONE thing' you could change about your past? It may be an incident, a behaviour, an attitude, a day or a night..simply anything!
by Ashi 2 years ago
What is the one thing you’d most like to change about the world?
by lyjo 6 years ago
Are you comfortable saying Merry Christmas or do you say Happy Holidays? Why? Do you know the...right thing to say to the right person? Do you think we have become too Politically Correct?
by Random Facts 5 years ago
What are the 3 main things you would change about yourself if you could?The first thing I would change about myself is that I wouldn't worry about these kinds of things. The second something physical. The third something mental. LOL
by ultimatekboxing 8 years ago
What do you wish you could change about your body, and what are you doing to alter it?Most people have something they dislike about their bodies (what I dislike seems to change on a day to day basis). What do you dislike about yours, and are you doing anything to change it (if it can be changed)?
Copyright © 2019 HubPages Inc. and respective owners. Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners. HubPages® is a registered Service Mark of HubPages, Inc. HubPages and Hubbers (authors) may earn revenue on this page based on affiliate relationships and advertisements with partners including Amazon, Google, and others.
HubPages Inc, a part of Maven Inc.
|HubPages Device ID||This is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.|
|Login||This is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.|
|HubPages Traffic Pixel||This is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.|
|Remarketing Pixels||We may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.|
|Conversion Tracking Pixels||We may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.|