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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Color of Commerce

Dr. Seuss was not part of my childhood. Certainly a lack of desire for reading was not a reason - Seuss's books gained popularity somewhat after I grew up. But I love the storyline of How the Grinch Stole Christmas. There is no question that Christmas has become progressively more commercial every year with retailers almost completely obfuscating its original meaning. It is easy to adopt a Grinch's view of Christmas. Associated Christmas activities other than shopping have taken a back burner and frequently these traditions are also marketed to death. And, of course, New York City is a true melting pot of ethnic and religious backgrounds - many do not celebrate Christmas and for them the commercial side is primarily what they see. It's not necessary to share the worldview of Reverend Billy and his Stop Shopping Choir to see the devolution of Christmas.
But I don't want to be the Grinch that tries to steal Christmas or a 21st century scrooge - I have been accused of that. So, I make an effort to seek out those things that are meaningful in the Christmas season, which at times feels like swimming against the tide. Trade is a necessary part of our world and it makes no sense to completely shun anything that bespeaks of business as many do and be a purist who views the world through glasses that tint everything with the color of commerce. Perhaps if we take Dr. Seuss's story to heart we can all win back the true spirit of Christmas :)

Photo Note: These carolers were in Union Square Park. I did not notice on first examination of the photo that they were collecting money for their efforts. Apparently I have lost or misplaced my tinted glasses :)


imagina said...

BUON NATALE - Merry Christmas

Anonymous said...

Nollaig Shona
Thanks for the wonderful pictures

Lily Hydrangea said...

Merry Christmas.
Great photo!

Plume said...

As an echo to your photo :

Merry Christmas and thank you for my daily news from NY...

Anonymous said...

How did they sound? They look a bit serious. Nice photo, though.