Christmas profit is a good thing

2009-12-11 00:00

IT has become entirely predictable that in the weeks following Christmas every year there is a lot of complaining from conservative Christians about the crass commercialisation of Christmas. This year will be no different.

There will be howls of anguish at the way Christmas has been turned from a holy day into a profit-motivated holiday.

Conservative Christians will be shaking their heads in despair at the sight of all those nonChristian shopkeepers decking their stores with holly, mistletoe and fake snow, and exhorting their customers to celebrate the birth of Christ by handing out soap-on-a-rope and saucy underwear to their loved ones.

All those people, who had never seen the inside of a church, rushing around for weeks before Christmas spending absolute fortunes on lavish gifts and slavish self-indulgence.

And all those companies sending Christmas gifts to customers for the sole purpose of securing future business with not an iota of goodwill and peace on Earth.

However, I would argue that any Christian who really practices Christianity should be delighted to see Christmas being commercialised by nonChristians.

Just think about how much employment Christmas creates. Millions of otherwise poverty-stricken and jobless people have gainful employment as a direct result of the commercialisation of Christmas. Or, put it this way, if conservative Christians got their way and managed to persuade the world that Christmas is exclusively only for Christians, just how many millions, if not billions, of people would lose their jobs as the demand for Christmas gifts falls through the floor.

Which, in turn, makes one wonder if material aspiration does not perhaps fall into the same category. Is mankind’s obsession with possessions, wealth, fashion, food and exotic lifestyles, completely bad and contrary to the very ethos of any religion?

Could it possibly be that it is only the rich person who hoards money and never spends it who will find it harder, as the Bible says, to enter heaven than pass through the eye of a needle? And, that rich people who spend their money lavishly are actually doing good in the world?

Now, that’s a million dollar question for you. All I know is that if there were no BMWs or Ferraris or holidays on Mauritius or the ski slopes of the world, the level of employment and poverty around the globe would be a thousand times worse than it is right now.

It’s a thought, isn’t it?

— News

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