I truly dislike retail and greeting card holidays. To me, a retail holiday is one of those holidays where it’s uncouth not to buy something. Heaven forbid if you don’t send your mother a card on Mother’s Day or give your honey a heart shaped box full of chocolate on Valentine’s Day.
Now, let’s not get confused between a retail holiday, and a greeting card holiday. Both can go hand in hand, but they’re not always mutually inclusive. Greeting card holidays include Grandparents Day, Secretary’s Day, Boss’s Day, etcâ€¦ Greeting card holidays have gotten as excessive as those ribbons people have on the back of their cars. Just like there is a ribbon for virtually every disease, there is a greeting card for virtually every holiday imaginable. To top it off, greeting card holidays have the luxury of providing guilt trips. “What if I’m the only one who didn’t get my boss something?”
On the other half of the coin, there are retail holidays. Some retail holidays started out respectful. For example, Mother’s Day starting off as a day to stop and acknowledge how great your mother is. Now it has turned into this retail monstrosity. Just try seeing what happens if you don’t buy your mother anything on mother’s day. Easter used to be about remembering Jesus’ death and resurrection. Now it is about boiled eggs, candy, Easter baskets, and Sunday dresses. Halloween used to be about dressing up and going from house to house asking for candy. Now it’s about hundred dollar costumes, endless decorations, rows of bagged candy, and hundreds of accessories.
Christmas is one of those unfortunate holidays that has turned into a retail holiday. Christmas used to be about honoring Christ’s birth and setting a day aside for remembrance. Now it’s about giving expensive gifts to everyone you know, decorating a tree, changing everything in the house to a red and green color scheme, and stuffing your face.
Now I don’t dislike Christmas or Valentine’s Day per se. I dislike the retail aspect because they distort the true meaning of the holiday. For example, I would really loathe Martin Luther King Jr. Day if instead of remembering the greatest man of black civil rights, we were asked to buy a card and present and give it to a person of a different race (retailers, don’t get any ideas).
Christmas used to be about remembering and honoring Christ’s birth. Let us keep it like that. When giving gifts to each other, remember that it all started when the Wise Men showered baby Jesus in gifts. The star on top of your tree represents the star the Wise Men followed to find Jesus.
Remember these things. Holidays shouldn’t be about running to the store. Holidays should be about running to God and each other.