Since I can remember, people have been lamenting the commercialization of Christmas. We are now to the point where the day after Halloween marks the beginning of the retail push. Similarly, some radio stations have moved to an all-Christmas music format starting before Thanksgiving.
For me this destroys the specialness of the holiday. The Twelve Days of Christmas now encompass two months of jingles, sales promotions and schlocky entertainment. It is just too much.
This year our family retrenched on Christmas. No external lights and minimal decorations. Like my co-blogger, gifts were also reduced - not so much due to economy but instead a desire to change what had become a commerical event back into a religious one.
I like to think that if enough people of good will do the same, retailers will back off making such an all-out push.
(It is ironic that one of the many voices raised against this trend was Dr. Seuss, whose "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" is now a major offender.)
At any rate, Merry Christmas to all our readers!