Editorial - 312

Village Journal

It seems it’s “that” time of year – again, the ‘Christmas season’ (no longer content with it being just one day it’s now a whole season).  I had a surreal moment in the supermarket the other day when I looked to the left of me and saw cheap and tacky plastic crap on sale for Halloween and then when I turned to the right I saw cheap and tacky plastic crap on sale for Christmas! At the time my body actually had an immediate physiological reaction which in turn created a spontaneous physical movement. Granted it probably looked like a grown woman doing interpretive dance whilst making some primeval groaning sound but it was actually her body and soul momentarily collapsing under the pressure of modern life in aisle 6. The sound that emanated from the depths of my very being wasn’t exactly a word but it sounded like “eeuugh”. This was followed by a more clarified and slightly more dignified; “No I do not have the energy for this consumeristic crap anymore”. As my seven year old looked on horrified I pronounced to anyone within ear shot that; ‘NO, uh huh I am just not doing it anymore’.

And I mean it. No more Xmas at my house. No more counting the days down, no more rushing around last minute trying to buy ‘thoughtful’ gifts. Just no more Christmas induced frenzy.

But as my good friend said –“that’s OK for you because you’re not a Christian”.

That’s right Christmas is a religious holiday…. Don’t let your own religious beliefs be marketed and sold back to you under the guise of goodwill and giving.

If “Christmas as part of religion” is your excuse to go out and consume like crazy, remember ‘Christ’ was NOT a Christian and he certainly did not practice consumerism as a form of religion. Stop and consider - do you really think that our version of ‘Christmas’ was the message Jesus intended?

“All people are created equal but privileged first world people are created more equal than others and to honour me you must buy more overpriced, useless, plastic junk to give to those who already have one of everything and forget those other less fortunate people over there”?

No, I’m pretty sure he did not. To paraphrase Jesus - he said feed and house the poor, be a nice person and love the outcasts.

This coming Christmas my challenge to you all is: instead of partaking in obedient and mindless consumerism ‘because it’s Christmas’ instead just stop and think before you spend – think of the less fortunate, the environment and the future. And for our Christian friends ask yourself WWJD?

Freedom Vivian

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