Partly its because I’m a rebel and I hate anything that everyone likes or finds meaningful. I like to go against the grain and be difficult and annoying. However, I think there is a lot of reasons to hate Christmas. The first reason is the obvious reason; its the gifts. I hate how Christmas has become consumed by the gifts and the idea of gifts. You feel pressure to buy for certain people. Sometimes its because they bought something for you or they gave you a baked pie last year and your worried that they will do it again this year and you will still have not got them anything. It forces you to give gifts at a certain time which makes it very difficult to be motivated out of love and then all of sudden you are buying gifts out of the motive of buying gifts. I am not a gift person. I don’t usually by people gifts and I don’t really enjoy receiving them all that often. Christmas is a time that is hard for people like me. Gift shopping is tedious and difficult and is derived from any meaning its supposed to have because it just isn’t the way that we show love or appreciation, let alone receive it.
Another reason I hate Christmas is because of the decorations. I’ll never understand them. Crazy looking dolls mixed with green reefs and knick knacks that are sprawled all across your house with some of the worst music possible playing in the background is not my idea of Christmas spirit. Very few houses actually put time and effort into their decoration (props to those that do) but again it just seems like another thing we do “because its Christmas.” Christmas trees are messy, so we get fake ones and most Christmas decorations are simply ugly, but out of the spirit of the season, we put them up for everyone to see.
Another reason I hate Christmas is tied to number one; it’s the spirit of consumerism that is so closely tied. This year, 38 billion dollars will be spent on kids from the age of 4-12. Typically in the fourth quarter of the year, the US alone predicts about 287 billion dollars spent on retail (the Christmas quarter). That is almost double what it would be to cure world poverty annually. The consumerism of Christmas is actually harming others and keeping other in poverty.
With all this said, I still love the feeling that I get at Christmas. I love being with my family and spending time together. I now get to go to Rachel’s family Christmas, and her other family Christmas and spend quality time with those that I wouldn’t normally on a daily basis. I love food. There is something about sitting around a large table with family and friends and sharing food and stories that is special and can’t be replaced. I think Christmas is important because it does teach us to be gracious. Yes it is misguided over and over again, but good is being accomplished at the same time in that we learn to give of ourselves.
Hopefully this holiday we haven’t given to those who don’t need while leaving those that need still needing. Hopefully this Christmas the weird decorations, bright lights, nativity stories and church services actually serve to remind us of Jesus and his story and how we are part of it. Hopefully all the happiness and excitement that comes with Christmas serves for us to be grateful for what we have and not forget that more than half the world will be eating nothing on Dec 25. Hopefully we truly wish and live to follow Jesus, the one we celebrate this holiday, and don’t allow the holiday to do the very opposite.