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The Christmas Madness Has Begun

The Christmas Madness Has Begun

Christmas was never my favourite time of the year (For me, the feeling of dread increases the closer Christmas approaches).

Oh, well, I will keep my fingers crossed with the hopes of the Christmas Season passing fleetingly.

Let it be known to the entire world that I am not a scrooge; I would buy a Christmas gift in advance for someone who believes in and celebrates Christmas but would feel insulted if someone gave me a Christmas gift.

All right, I will admit that my behaviour toward Christmas may be a bit complicated, but I can assure you that my behaviour, in this regard, is justified.

We Are Reminded About Christmas Months In Advance

Here, in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, we are reminded about Christmas months in advance.

Truthfully, it is hard to ignore when you turn on your radio and the radio announcer blurts out something in regard to how far we are away from Christmas.

To be fair, I cannot blame any radio announcer for telling us how far Christmas is away.

Why?

Because it has been ingrained in our psyche.

People (mostly housewives) would buy their curtains in advance.

And, why is it that they purchase their curtains in advance?

Because store owners tend to double the price of curtains during Christmastime (They know that women would go to the extreme to get those pretty-looking curtains to decorate their homes for Christmas; thus making a huge profit).

So, as a society, we are psychologically programmed to prepare for Christmas in advance.

My father has often referred to Christmas as, โ€œThe businessmanโ€™s holiday,โ€ because it is really the retailers who are making all of the money by taking away all of our money.

Christmas Is Supposed To Be The Time Of The Year When We Celebrate The Birth Of Jesus Christ

Now, tell me, what does the purchase of material items have to do with the birth of Jesus Christ?

The truth, of course, is nothing!

Yet, we go out of our way to spend more money than we have ever spent in all of the other months combined during the Christmas Season.

Hey, as far as I am concerned, Christmas can be celebrated without making these businessmen filthy rich.

But, no, we want our homes extravagantly decorated (And, that, my friend, requires spending lots of money).

I End Up Feeling As Though I Was Some Type Of Domestic Slave

In addition to working hard at our place of employment, another set of work falls on our lap as soon as we arrive at our homes; such as:

  • Cleaning the entire house as though we were maids or butlers.
  • Painting the interior and the exterior of the house.
  • Mowing the lawn.
  • Trimming the trees and plants.

Guess what?

All of that domestic slavery is done in the name of Christmas.

The Bottom Line

The citizens (most of them) of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, love Christmas. It is that time of the year when:

  • They socialize with their friends, family and relatives.
  • They exchange gifts with each other.
  • They eat foods like ham, turkey and various types of wild meats (Which is not my kind of thing because I follow a vegan lifestyle).
  • They overindulge themselves in various types of alcoholic beverages; which, unfortunately, leads to inebriation.
  • They attend a church service โ€• one where the priest inspires them or bore the living daylights out of them.

Despite Christmas being one of the happiest times for most people, many of them have lost touch with the true meaning of Christmas.

It is either about the birth of Jesus Christ (which is something I hope that people will take note of) or materialism (It cannot be both).

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55 thoughts on “The Christmas Madness Has Begun

      1. We praise God daily for the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus. I agree with your dad that it is the businessman’s day to encourage spending for their profits. I like your question, “What does buying gifts have to do with the birth of Jesus.” Nothing. What do. bunnies have to do with the resurrection of Christ? Nothing. Some people only recognize Jesus on these two days by overspending ad later regretting after they are still paying off credit cards a year later–I know people in this situation. Man seeks every opportunity to create days to spend money. I judge no one who celebrate these days, but our family chose otherwise.

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  1. I can relate to this scenario Renard. All valid reasons here why Christmas is a busy and tiresome season. Here in Swaziland, my country and the swazi’s here often invite people to braai, some get married during December(Known as Lobola) and others get to visit their relatives and families they haven’t seen in forever. Truthfully, people have switched the meaning of Christmas and used it for mundane and useless activities.

    I agree that Christmas is a time where the whole world celebrates the birth of our King , Jesus Christ.

    Gifts in my view are okay and I appreciate it when someone has gone about their way to prepare a gift for me, my older sister usually does this and for us at home.

    Thanks for this post about the true meaning of Christmas๐ŸŒฒ๐ŸŒฒ๐Ÿ™

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  2. I agree Christmas is too commercialised and in the drops, it’s promoted way too early. But the shops/merchants do that with all holidays and events, not just Christmas. I must admit I don’t like all the fuss and tinsel. I have a couple of ornaments that I put out, we have a small table top tree and I’ll hang the cards we receive. I’m certainly not buying new curtains. In Scotland that cleaning you talked about traditionally happens for New Year … everything needs to be clean for The Bells. I can remember being outside as a child, cleaning my gran’s stairs.

    Your comments about the curtains really stuck with me, Renard. Do people in Trinidad buy proper real curtains for every room, or are they special Xmas ones?

    My concern for this year, is that there are some who are already struggling financially with increasing costs who will get into debt to give their families what they consider to be Christmas. I’m not religious, but even if we see the day is a time for families to come together, surely we can do that without bankrupting ourselves. January is going to arrive with a lot of debt-induced headaches.

    I reached out to my sister who is a single mother to see if there was anything she needed. I’m fortunate in my position, so will do what I canto help.

    I agree about the commercialisation of Christmas, but we fuel the retailers too

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    1. ๐Ÿ™‚ Yes, Brenda, people in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago do buy proper real curtains for every room (Usually the kind that matches well with the colour of the paint on their walls).

      If the family is the frugal type, they will rotate their Christmas curtains; for example, they will put up those that they used four Christmases ago.

      I am afraid that a lot of people would be enduring financial hardship in 2023.

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  3. Itโ€™s neither of those things for me. Iโ€™m not Christian or a great materialist. I just like the socialising, a nice family get together and dinner and general goodwill. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I agree, the commercialism is too much. It wasnโ€™t always as bad. When I was a kid, families didnโ€™t have as much wealth and kids didnโ€™t expect much. It seems these days kids get what they want any time of the year because families can afford it, and retailers see this and keep extending the advertising period. But I think with rising prices, this might not last.

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  4. It’s the one time of year when not only Christians celebrate the incarnation of God on Earth, but the whole world sings songs about it! I certainly agree that it’s been corrupted by materialism and slavery to the entertainment culture, but the world has always done that to divert from the Christian message. The Gospel is not just good news for sinners, but also an ultimatum from God demanding repentance from sin and reconciliation to the God who alone is holy and altogether righteous.

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  5. We celebrate Christmas in our family, but you’re right, it can be easy to forget the true meaning of the season. What a shame. It’s not how many gifts you can buy, but celebrating the season, helping others, showing appreciation, and obviously celebrating Jesus’ birth. Christians forget the meaning behind the season when they get too caught in the commercial aspects. You mentioned that you would feel insulted if someone gave you a Christmas gift . . . If I’ve ever upset someone like that, I would hope my friend/acquaintance would let me know. I would never want to give something to someone and in the process be offending them. Interesting post. Let’s hope folks put some more thought into the season this year. Thanks for sharing Renard!

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    1. ๐Ÿค” Well, I find that to be most interesting, Akshita.

      There are Hindus here in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago that celebrate Christmas.

      My educated guess is that the Hindu community in India does things differently.

      Thank you for participating in the discussion.

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  6. Sadly, the commercialization of Christmas has blurred the real meaning. It seems the push is on for acts of kindness and being grateful during Thanksgiving and Christmas, but why not all year?

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  7. I get very irritated by the arrival of Christmas marketing and advertising in Sept. I havenโ€™t been a conventional supporter of the โ€œsilly seasonโ€ for many years now. To me, gifts should be for the children and the volume of all the rest of it needs be turned way down. Itโ€™s become so stressful and the expectations placed on people are so unrealistic, especially financially.

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  8. Christmas which is supposed to be the season for which the birth of our master Jesus Christ be must celebrated has turned to the season of immoralities and disdain for the minor class. Parents who are not well equipped financially to provide materials, such shoes, gowns and other stuff for their children normally lock themselves up during the festive season in order to avert the mockery from neighbors and friends. This narrative must change as soon as possible. I quite remember one christmas season when my stepmom restricted my stepsisters and I from going for a Christmas morning service because she couldn’t buy a new Christmas dress for us in that particular year.
    Thanks for this post Renard at least it’ll change the thought patterns of some people ๐Ÿ™

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  9. My sentiments exactly Renard!
    Granted I LOVE to send out Christmas & Chanukkah cards & connect with people….that is the best part for me.
    The worst part is being all alone. Before Covid I went to my friends’ at THE Farm we’ve blogged about so much. Since Covid & my friend’s mini-stroke, she is not able to host Christmas….
    Everyone else goes away, so I spend my Birthday & the 25th alone….just another day it seems…
    So I can say the HYPE about Christmas makes me VERY sad…
    And Renard it is NOT about the gifts or $money$ spent; it is about being with family & friends…
    I celebrate Chanukkah alone too….well with BellaDharma…not that she pays much attention ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Anyway, I agree alot of HYPE & alot of hurting people who are alone & poor….
    ((hugs)) Sherri-Ellen aka BellaSita Mum & **purrss** BellaDharma

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  10. I also feel a bit of ‘dread’, now I know that there are at least two people in Trinidad that feel this way…
    But putting any dreadful thing aside, at least there is a wider range of butter cookies on the grocery shelves though…

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