What is the Meaning of Christmas
Christmas is undoubtedly one of the most recognised, popular and celebrated holiday in the festive calender around the world.
It has evolved from a pagan midwinter festival to the religious commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ to a civil holiday in many countries. Jolly old Santa Claus and the mass adoption of gift-giving has transformed Christmas into an industry and even an economy.
In 2011 the PNC Total Christmas Price Index calculated the costs of gifts in the "The Twelve Days of Christmas" carol at USD24,263.18. If the US National Retail Federation forecast is correct, Christmas sales in US this year alone would be worth USD586.1 billion.
In Australia, there are some tightening of purse strings in some households for 2012 Christmas based on research by Dun & Bradstreet but Margy Osmond, CEO of the Australian National Retailers Association (ANRA) said that local retailers were still expecting Christmas spending to be slightly higher than last year.
In 2011, Canadians spend an average of CAD1,397during the holiday season according to the Bank of Montreal's Holiday Spending Outlook.
Major metropolitan cities like Shanghai, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Singapore will continue to gear up for Christmas sales and heightened consumer spending on gifts, dining, entertainment and holidays.
Their streets will be lit up like Christmas trees and shopping malls will be trading into the late hours to attract more shoppers to spend.
With all the commercialism of Christmas around us, it is hard not to spend money during the festive season. There's always food to purchase, parties to attend and gifts to buy.
Like most folks, I'll be digging into my wallet during the festive period but there must be more to Christmas than just spending money.
The meaning of Christmas is surely not found in scrambling to buy gifts under $20 or $100 on Groupon or Cudos or queuing up in the toy store for the latest Ben 10 omnitrix or a Barbie that sings and swims for the kids.
For someone who is travelling most of the year, I don't always enjoy quality time with family. Christmas becomes a timely a reminder to find the best ways to create precious moments and put smiles on the faces of loved ones. What does Christmas mean to you?
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