I was in Home Depot at the end of September when I saw the first Christmas
decorations start to appear. Soon stores will start putting the lights up in
July. Obviously with the sick economy stores are trying to get an early jump on
sales and to me that is what ruins Christmas. The religion of the holiday is
lost at the cash register and it seems like alot of people are out to "out
show" everyone else in the neighborhood with their gaudy light display.
Temple square is beautiful and reverent but step into a mall and you get the
opposite experience. Not sure what the birth of the savior of the world has to
do with racking up enormous credit card debt???
Patriot,I would recommend celebrating Christmas just as you would
like to. If you hate the malls (like I do), the Internet is an awesome
invention. The gifts come to you, you know exactly how much you spent, and you
can keep whatever Christmas spirit you want. I agree that Christmas has lost a
lot of its magic in the economic sector, and while I agree the Savior never
wanted us to max out our credit cards, I can't help but think he also
experiences a lot of joy watching young children, their eyes alight with the
excitement and magic of the season, open gifts on His birthday. He may not
appreciate the adults getting so worked up, but I think anything that makes
children happy and excited makes Him happy and excited, too. Christmas will only
be what WE make it.