We’re losing our Christmas spirit

Christmas is just four weeks away, and while some people are getting very excited, there are many of us who
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Christmas is just four weeks away, and while some people are getting very excited, there are many of us who are over it before it’s even started.

It seems like more and more we’re losing our Christmas spirit, and you only have to read some of the news these days to know why.

Where we started to get into the Christmas spirit in November or December, putting up our decorations after December 1, we’re now having Christmas pushed onto us much earlier.

There were reports this year of retailers getting their Christmas stock out as early as late September/early October this year, and it leads to the usual barrage of debate and disagreement amongst people.

Most shops started repositioning their products as early as October. In Big W and Kmart, you will notice that toys and decorations are positioned upfront.

Meanwhile, last year Kmart was criticised after it aired a Christmas ad 105 days before Christmas.

AdAge said it was the “earliest ever kickoff to holiday marketing,” and an analyst the publication reached out to called Kmart’s extreme timing “eye-opening” reports The Atlantic. 

And then there’s the psychology and health affects.

Each year we read and hear about people with Christmas depression, those that spend their holidays alone or struggle financially.

Last week the Daily Mail did a story, pointing to a study that found Christmas shopping was more stressful than most of us thought.

The study showed 60% of shoppers were fatigued by Christmas shopping after 32 minutes, while their heart rates increased on average by 33%.

88% also experienced tachycardia, a disorder where the heart beats faster than normal while resting.

 

 

But it doesn’t stop at mental and physical health.

Every year we’re bombarded with Facebook posts, news stories and outrage over changes to Christmas traditions.

One of the big ones causing controversy this year is the decision by Big W not to have a Santa in their stores this year.

Last week it was reported that Big W had decided it wouldn’t have the jolly man in red in store this Christmas.

A Big W spokesperson told the Daily Mail Australia it was because Big W had done a deal with shopping centres in which stores were located.

“Big W has a strong tradition of celebrating the festive season. We work closely alongside store management across our store locations and they encourage us to support the offical Santa located in the centre,” the spokesperson said.

Then there’s reports this week that an academic claimed parents were “damaging” their children by telling them the “lie” that Santa is real. 

University of New England social scientist Dr Kathy McKay has written a piece for a psychiatry journal, saying that making children believe in myths such as Santa “has to be questioned”.

“If all of a sudden you have that ripped out from under you, there is the potential to question ‘if my parents lied about this what else are they lying about?’…. and having to all of a sudden reconceptualise everything can be very traumatic when everything you know becomes unsettled,” she writes.

“I think it’s easy to get that tradition to change, the Santa tradition is a relatively new one. Where I’m teaching now a lot of the families don’t have Santa it’s not part of their tradition and their children are deeply happy, they’re not lacking for anything.

“It’s not about necessarily getting rid of Santa but understanding why you’re choosing to have Santa and why that’s important to you and having those really important conversations about lying.”

What about the drama over the Victorian Government and whether or not Christmas Day is a public holiday?

With Christmas falling on a Sunday this year, the Victorian Government decided it wouldn’t declare Christmas Day a public holiday.

That meant people working on Christmas Day wouldn’t receive extra penalty rates.

But that decision was overturned yesterday, with the government admitting it made the wrong call.

And then you have the religious folk who are constantly calling for everyone to remember the “true” meaning of Christmas, calling on people to put the “Christ” back into Christmas.

Every year there are calls to overlook the decorations and the presents and get back to the religious meaning of Christmas – the birth of Christ.

It’s lead many to simply ask, are we trivialising something that’s supposed to be fun?

Whatever happened to spending time with family?

Nowadays we seem to stress far too much about the cost of getting to where we need to go, or stressing about what to buy for people or what to make for lunch that we associate Christmas with stress and anxiety.

Perhaps it’s time for us to just relax, spend time with our loved ones and enjoy the holidays!

After all, aren’t carols, Christmas trees, Santa Claus and the nativity scene the traditional Christmas spirit we love and grew up with?

What do you think? Have we lost our Christmas spirit?

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  2. Jan  

    The biggest problem as I see it is that retailers have taken over Christmas; where once Christmas was a joy; it was a pleasure to take our children in to the city to see Santa and look at the window displays in the major stores in the lead up to Christmas which was then late November but things have changed drastically….. firstly we are having Christmas pushed down our throats by retailers as early as September…. I mean really, what has September got to do with Christmas? That is consumerism at its ugliest. Those animated displays of Christmas we once saw… it seems in the name of political correctness will be no more… so those pretty fairies and elves; reindeers, shoemakers; nativity scenes and white Christmas trees can no longer be….why for goodness sake? Surely the majoity of people within this country are Christians and should be able to enjoy their Christmas celebrtions as other religions are free to celebrate theirs….I have yet to meet a Muslim or Hindu who has found the Australian tradition of celebrating Christmas offensive… they are usually happy to participate in Christmas as a social event. So there you have it just one of a number of reasons why people are losing their Christmas spirit…. are we actually losing it or having it taken from us by political correctness gone crazy.

    • TP  

      Its called greed and the big shops want all there staff to work 25/8 and l am lead to believe that a comercial shop has already started to do hot cross buns some people think its funny unfortunately the big shops want everything and the shops used to be shut on public holidays not anymore again as l have stated before greed has taken over everbodys life

  3. Joan Marshall  

    Another disappointing fact of Political Correctness where it is now Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas. Christmas is a celebration of CHRIST’S birth for all Christians. How dare this celebration be taken away from us with political correctness? I for one have always said Merry Christmas to family and friends and I will carry on doing so. If there are people out there who try to take my rights away from me will wake up with a surprise. This not a Communist country it is a Democracy which FREEDOM of Choice. Have the people who instill political correctness got no God who created us? Other religions celebrate their festivals why are we Christians having our rights taken from us. I am sure there are millions of Christians who would agree with me.

  4. joanna galea  

    For me I am losing all the spirit of Christmas because it is marketed late September. Father’s day was over and Christmas stuff was out there. By Christmas we are sick of mince pies puddings and everything else Christmas. Christmas dinner is not special anymore. That is why many are opting for a BBQ on Christmas day. Apart for the very little ones no one else seems to be interested in the value of Christmas except what they will be getting.

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