Christmas capitalism

The day after Halloween, I went down to the local store for candy corn. It was now All Saints Day, but I still craved those sweet candy nuggets and knew I could get them on sale. Upon approaching the store, I saw no skeletons or ghouls in the window. What I saw in the sill was a nutcracker. Dismayed, I craned my neck hoping to catch a glimpse of a witch or werewolf to signal that I could still find the candy I desired. I entered into the forest of Christmas decorations, nimbly stepping over a fallen red foil pine. I found the candy isle and was relieved to see my favorite Halloween candy still in stock. I scooped up two sheaves of candy corn in my arms and checked out at the register.

I am a capitalist. I believe businesses have a right to make as much money as they can. Businesses play a vital role in each and every one of our lives. I like capitalism. Capitalism is what produces my Hershey’s bars and what puts Coca-Cola vending machines at every corner. Nevertheless, I do not want candy canes and gumdrops to taint my candy corn when I go to buy Halloween sweets.

Capitalism leaches the meaning out of things. The very same system that mass-produces products we all enjoy and consume also ruins the fun of the days they are for. It seems like every year, Christmas decorations are on display for all to see just a little bit earlier.

Again, businesses should have the right to succeed. The economy is still in rough shape and it is fair that Santa’s elves and department stores feel they need to get a jump-start on spreading the holiday cheer. Yet as I walked I saw no snow, heard no carolers and the air was devoid of the scent of pine needles. It was November, not December.

Come December, the snow falls, the carolers sing and the smell of pine wafts through the air. Businesses continues to market Christmas, and those advertisements cloud our sight and are din to our ears.

New! Holiday flavored coffee! On sale! Crimson and emerald LED light chains! Hot item! Gingerbread House kits! Now with layaway! Electronic tablets and smart phones!

Stop!

Is this really what the holiday season has become? Are our precious holiday memories nothing more than capitalism? Even last year, while the economy seemed so grim, people still decorated their houses, still bought gifts for family and friends. This year will be no different. Christmas and the holiday season will continue to be about what you buy, how much you bought, and how much money businesses accrued.

Our holidays are no longer about family, love or religion; they are about capitalism.  Yet as a society, we do nothing change this. As a whole, we seem pleased with cheapening our holidays to nothing more than bartered eggnog and purchased sweaters.

I too buy into the capitalist system. I readily trade my money for the opportunity to savor candy corn and jump at the chance to get a low price on ‘this year’s new gadget just in time for the holiday season.’ Yet it has gone too far.

I don’t want to see a nutcracker when I buy candy corn. I don’t want to be greeted with Christmas bells in November when I place an order for a turkey. Our cherished holidays and seasonal events have become so focused on capitalism and financial gain that society passes over them on to the next eager to buy the next item and make more money, never stopping to enjoy them.

I will continue to support the system of capitalism that we all live in. How else can I get what I want and need when I desire it? It is a consumer-based system. All of our support is what drives businesses to want more. Not having enough is what forces business to market Christmas in November or earlier. Nevertheless, the system has to slow down. I do not want Christmas early in November. Let us enjoy our holidays without the next one being marketed to us at the same time.