At senior Meredith Shaffer’s house, her family set up a Christmas tree with gifts gathered around. She has believed that Christmas becomes more commercialized with each coming year. “Christmas is all about gifts and getting what you want,” said Shaffer.
Is Christmas becoming too commercialized? With differing opinions, some students fear that Christmas is focused too much on gifts and profits and not enough on the religious meaning.
Senior Meredith Shaffer shared her opinion. “It’s all about gifts and getting what you want. We make Santa out to be this big movie character rather than the background of him being a saint. Usually, when kids think about Christmas, they think about Santa coming down the chimney instead of the birth of Jesus.”
Maggie Lair, also a senior, does not feel that the real meaning is lost just yet.
“In my house, we still set up a manger scene and go to mass throughout the Advent season. A lot of people think about gifts, but the older generation, especially, seems to value the birth of Jesus more.”
Is the ‘Christ’ being kept in Christmas? Senior Maggie Lair’s favorite tradition has been setting up the manger scene with her younger sister. Lair stated, “In my house, we still set up a manger scene throughout the Advent season.”
It is different depending on each family, but Christmas indeed seems to have begun to weigh more heavily on the shopping and gift-giving side of the spectrum. According to The Statistics Portal, Americans spent an average of $781 on gifts this past Christmas, and many families have forfeited attending Church during the month of December.
Is “Christ” being kept in Christmas?
Lair added, “I still see signs saying to keep the ‘Christ’ in Christmas. People haven’t changed their family traditions. It’s just that technology just keeps growing.”
This article was written by Megan Budde ’15, who served on the PawPrints staff for the 2014-2015 school year.