The Painful Profiteering of Xmas

Posted on: Friday, November 27th, 2009
Posted in: Rants & Roadkill, Blog | Leave a comment

DSC_0553What do your Christmas memories look like? With any luck, you see some heartfelt, colorful scenes of gathering, feasting, singing, baking, decorating, giving, gratitude and more. Let’s hope those traditions live on—whatever your beliefs. And that the holidays bring a BreakAway from cold monotony and a time for connection and reflection. 

Be careful, however, when you leave the house or turn on the media.  Out there, the “holiday spending season” has morphed into the biggest capitalism train wreck ever—a sad, sickening farce devoid of spirituality, generosity and gentleness.


  • “Black Friday” has become responsible keeping our consumer-centric economy—and country—fiscally afloat. 
  • Shopping numbers move newscasts and stocks like news of war. 
  • Stores open as early as 3 a.m. the day after Thanksgiving.
  • Shoppers line up hours before then, even in rain, snow and gloom of night.
  • Violence happens routinely as crazed shoppers fight over bargains. 
  • A debt-riddled society dives deeper into arrears, only to bestow stuff others may not want. 
  • The materialism and waste piles up and the real messages get watered down, if not drowned. 

If Jesus were to visit, he’d probably weep. After all, the Bible says “The meek shall inherit the earth,” whereas in modern Christmas the earth is inheriting a greedy mess.

It’s not all one big Bah Humbugapalooza, however. No doubt individuals and groups all over the world still find significance in the holidays—and folks are fighting back against the meaningless money-fication of a holy season.

Just one such sign: More than 1,500 churches worldwide are participating in a program called “The Advent Conspiracy:

An international movement restoring the scandal of Christmas by substituting compassion for consumption.” 

There’s also a book.  It dares to guide people to give presence, not presents—from the heart, not Wal-Mart. 

So while there’s reason to rant about the roadkill that Christmas is in danger of becoming, there is also—and is this not the main message of sacred holidays?—hope. 

Keep the faith!

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