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Do Something Christmas…

October 13th, 2005 · No Comments

santa.jpgChristmas is coming (in ten weeks’ time) and here in Sydney, the supermarkets are already starting to sell Christmas-themed processed foodstuffs.

As the plastic decorations go up, the stores will encourage the plastic in our wallets to come out.

Yes, it’s true, Christmas has become commercialised, but it’s not just Christians who are bothered by this. The idea of a season that involves spending time with friends and family, of being generous and thoughtful and considering those less-fortunate is appealing to the vast majority of the people I know (and I hope the vast majority of people I don’t know, too!).

The modern Christmas seems dominated by the worst excesses of capitalism rather than the best side of humanity.

Most of us will receive more Christmas catalogues than Christmas cards. Businesses will employ more pretend Santas than anyone else. Why? Because a Santa in a shopping centre helps align Christmas with consumption.

Corporations will again encourage us to imagine that Christmas presents are made by tiny little people called elves. In reality the tiny little people are mostly sweat-shop workers and they’re only tiny because they’re under-nourished or because they’re under-thirteen, or both.

Let’s do something about it…

With all this in mind, I am calling for a “Do Something Christmas”. Let’s not get sucked-in to settling for a commercial Christmas… Let’s take the time we would otherwise spend shopping and paying off credit-card debts and actually spend it with the people we care about. Let’s play games and have fun together. Let’s build stuff with kids in the days leading up to Christmas.

Here are some more suggestions:

  • Dress up as Santa Claus and take the train across town
  • Send “secret santa” messages to neighbours and coworkers
  • Go into the streets and sing creative Christmas carols such as the ones below.*

buynothingchristmas.org has even more ideas.

*A few friends of mine are planning to sing carols in the Sydney CBD this year. If you’d like to join us, send me an email.

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