I love this time of year as much as anyone else. The tree lightings, carols and cookies are something I always look forward to.
Yet in all my anticipation there are certain parts of the holidays that I have come to dread: the advertising blitz that begins right after Halloween and arguments over how we should or shouldn’t celebrate. All of it makes me exhausted by Boxing Day.
Why have we let a season that celebrates the virtues of peace, hope, joy and general good will toward our neighbors turn into a mass-marketing frenzy extolling greed and inciting us not to love our neighbors but to compete against them to the point where we trample each other and pepper spray crowds of people in our obsession to get a good deal?
I don’t have an answer or an easy solution for any of this, but we as a society need to start an open discussion to re-examine how we allow ourselves to be perceived.