How Shops Stole Christmas

Today I went shopping to Tesco and was amazed to see a Christmas tree at the entrance. It’s only the second of November, for God’s sake, and we had just had Hallowe’en!

Their antitheft gates have “Merry Christmas” covers on them, and there is already a lot of Christmas-related merchandise on shelves. And this is not only Tesco, of course. Lots of small shops and retail networks joined this “Christmas is around you” campaign.

It makes me feel sad.

Because every time I go shopping from now on, I will feel like a poor silly kid being reminded by caring parents that it’s time to start buying Christmas presents.

Because every time I see a “We wish you a Merry Christmas” sign, I will know they mean to say “We wish you spend as much money as possible in our shop.”

Because day after day throughout two months I will see those decorations, and when the actual Christmas comes, I will be so used to them that there will be no feeling of celebration, no delight, nothing special.

Because they are stealing the holiday.

Did you know that the word “holiday” came from Old English hāligdæg, meaning the “holy day”? Well, no more it is… The sacred festival is turned into business.

I wonder if it will be hearts and Cupids everywhere on the second of January?..


One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Печенька on November 8, 2010 at 07:04

    I completely agree with this article. Unfortunately, in recent years holidays became just another extortion money from people. Even the wonders of our world become corrupt = (


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