Since I was young I always knew then and now that Christmas was a time for children. Where I used to live in the UK we believed that Christmas was the kids time and New Year’s eve was the time where the adults let their hair down and had a good time.
But is Christmas over commercialised?
There are loud voices that say that it is – these voices come from all aspects and sections of society. The religious say that it should be a religious time, the poor always dread it, the rich know that it will mean a time of getting something new.
Was it a matter that back then, all of 20 or so years ago, things were better? I don’t think so – 20 or 30 years ago the same was said, and the commercialisation has continued unabated. Kids still wake up on Christmas morning looking under the tree to see what the fat guy has brought them – parents sit there, exhausted, looking at the faces of their kids wondering if they are going to like what they open.
That is until the kids realise that the big box is more of a plaything than the toy that it encased. We still wonder if we should have just bought the box and discarded the contents.
That isn’t really the case but we do think it.
But as we all know, kids love toys – and they love Christmas, is it because of the toys and gifts or is it just because it is that time of year? That isn’t the debate.
If Christmas is so commercialised why is it that kids still and will remember the toys that stuck with them through thick and thin? The skipping rope, the marbles?
For the love of God I am no gamer, if that is still what they call them – but will it be the latest Wii, X-Box or some other electronic device – or those same old toys that captured our imagination?
I would hope the latter but I put that down to agedness.