Commercialization in Holidays

Easter bunny, Santa Clause, is that what the holidays are really about?

Easter is in a couple of weeks and I was looking for cake ideas to make for Easter. I noticed a lot of  bunnies, eggs, chicks, flowers; all of which are cute and good cake ideas, but better represent spring rather than Easter. Easter is about the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Jesus rising from the dead. Cakes and decorations should involve Jesus and the cross, not bunnies. What do bunnies have to do with Easter?! Where did that idea even come from? Why is that a thing; a bunny that comes to your house, hides eggs and gives you candy and toys? Like what?! What does any of that have to do with Jesus and his miracle of coming back to life? It is not just Easter that has random things representing the holiday that has nothing to do with its true meaning.

Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, and other holidays we celebrate have become so commercialized that we no longer celebrate the holidays for their true meanings, yet the made-up, cutesy stuff that made the holidays big. During Halloween, we dress up in costumes and go door to door asking for candy. Thanksgiving; people call it Turkey Day as if we celebrate turkeys. Christmas has reindeer and Santa and presents when it’s actually about the birth of Jesus Christ. How did all these holidays become so fake and not celebrated the right way?

Do we even know why we celebrate these holidays? Most people probably celebrate just to celebrate because it’s big and the majority of people celebrate it as well. A lot of us just follow along and celebrate because that’s what we do because people have been celebrating these holidays for years and we don’t really question why we do what we do to celebrate.

Halloween originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts, so the concept of wearing costumes makes sense, but where did the candy come into play? Why do we dress up and get free candy, when it all started to scare away ghost?

Thanksgiving is a day of giving thanks and started when the Pilgrims and Indians came together in thanks of the feast in front of them.  So, the practice of family and friends coming together to enjoy a feast and be thankful works out, but the fact that many people call this day, “Turkey Day” is a little ridiculous getting rid of the fact that it’s about being thankful and making it seem like it’s about turkeys. Yes, we happen to eat turkey as part of the feast, but we’re supposed to be expressing our thankfulness.

Christmas is about the birth of Christ, yet somehow turned into Santa and presents; mainly getting presents, rather than saying, “Happy Birthday” and celebrating Jesus being born. Now, the idea of giving gifts I’m kind of okay with because of St. Nicholas who loved spreading joy and giving gifts, but then it turned into spending money and buying random gifts because you feel like you have to give people something and people become so greedy because they expect you to give them a present.

Valentine’s Day; Instead of remembering St. Valentine, it’s a day of love where people exchange cards, candy, and flowers, only on this specific day, instead of spreading love everyday. St. Patrick’s Day; Instead of remembering St. Patrick, it’s a day where everyone magically becomes Irish and uses it as an excuse to drink lots of beer and become drunk. Everything is green and leprechauns and four leaf clovers are all over the place. Even I, who is Irish, does not celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, nor do I celebrate Valentine’s Day.

These holidays being so fake and commercialized is part of the reason why I don’t really celebrate them anymore. Some of these holidays I don’t mind because I get to spend time with people I love and care about and people I may not see as often, but other than that, I don’t really celebrate unless it is to celebrate its true meaning. For example, on Thanksgiving, I expressed my gratitude and told people I care about why I’m thankful for them, instead of getting excited over turkey and food. So, during the holidays, remember the real meanings and why they became a holiday in the first place. Read upon the history and share with the people you are with. End the commercialized celebrations and celebrate the real thing.

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