A lot of people are cynical during the holiday season. They say that the holidays have become commercialized, that people don’t remember what matters so why care? Sure, I’ll admit the holidays have become commercialized. But the holidays are about so much more than commercialism. They’re about more than “objects.” My Thanksgiving is about family, food comas, football and maybe a little Disaronno. And my Christmas is about snow, decorating trees, wrapping presents to horrible Christmas music and drinking peppermint mochas more than it is about what electronic gadget I’ll hope is under the tree (even though I really want that Fuji x10). And on both of those days, I am thankful to even have that much in my life.
People who are cynical upset me. I wonder what made them this way, and I know that if I ask, many tell me it’s “society.” But grow up. Society can only influence our actions so much. At the end of the day, all that matters is whether or not you’ve lived in a way that you believe is right. If you forever blame “society” or others for your actions, you’ll forever be a child. If you choose to be cynical, then fine. Don’t celebrate. It’s your choice. But don’t try to bring others down. Don’t try to make people feel bad for enjoying a holiday that’s near and dear to their heart. And please, I beg of you, stop complaining about our society and commercialism. If you hate it that much, then you can leave.
At the end of the day, I hope you remember one thing - we are blessed. We are blessed to be alive. We are blessed to be able to communicate, to be free in our speech. We are blessed to be able to criticize the holidays. We are blessed for the opportunity to live in a first-world country.
Stop complaining about commercialism. Start complaining about something that matters. Complain about the fact that many people don’t have enough food to feed their families. Complain about the orphans without clean drinking water. Complain about the millions in Africa who are living with AIDS. But don’t complain about commercialism, because unless you’re a self-sufficient farmer who makes his or her own clothing and doesn’t own an electronic device, you’re a hypocrite.
You can express your own opinion without infringing on others’. You can disagree without being hostile. But your word is not always true and it’s not always right for others. Don’t forget that. We are blessed to live in a democracy with many truths and paths. Yours might not line up with someone else’s. But that doesn’t mean you need to ruin it either.