The term “Christmas Invasion” is nothing new. We’re all fairly familiar with the concept of walking around a store and all of a sudden realizing that it’s mid-November and “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” is on the radio. A lot of people hate this invasion, while others seem to be brought alive by the season. Though most people exist somewhere in the middle, or don’t even celebrate Christmas at all, just about everyone has something to say about the Christmas season.
Many people say they dislike the onslaught of Christmas themes because it leads people to forget the beautiful holiday that is Thanksgiving. I believe this is a ridiculous argument because we all know that Thanksgiving is essentially the moment we all agree that the holiday season has begun and is never actually forgotten. More legitimate arguments include the fact that it is very unlikely that Jesus was born in December, that Christmas is a pagan holiday at its true core and that the ubiquitous nature of Christmas regalia leads to a neglect of the holidays of other religions.
Aptly named, the Christmas Invasion inundates every aspect of our daily lives. The day after Halloween, people start to trade their costumes for Michael Bublé albums in their storage bins. Coffee is served in holiday cups. Displays in stores are changed to be more festive. Malls are packed with lines of people waiting to have their child tell a strange man in a red suit and a long white beard what presents they want. At some point you’ll hear “Dominick the Italian Christmas Donkey” on the radio. All your friends start talking about what they’re getting each other for Secret Santa because no one is any good at keeping secrets.
I myself am one of those individuals who overloads on the Christmas spirit. I love the smell of pine trees in the house—though fake trees are undeniably more economical—the purchase of unnecessary gifts, the Christmas pictures and the look in kids’ eyes when they talk about Santa. Even so, there are quite a few things I dislike about Christmas. I don’t really like the Hallmark movies and the traditional Claymation film kind of weirds me out. It bothers me when people look at Christmas and treat it as something that should only be a holy holiday to celebrate the birth of Christ when there are so many Christmas traditions that are rooted in pagan superstitions.
To me, Christmastime is merely an excuse to celebrate. Celebrating the birth of Christ is important, but it’s also important to know the full history and where our traditions come from. I think it is important to celebrate our holidays in their context and be aware of and sensitive to the situations of others. Humans in general like to celebrate. Every group has their own set of traditions and celebrations and the Holiday season is more enjoyable when we learn about the histories of these traditions.