Friday, December 9, 2016
The Most Hateful Time of Year
This past October, I was at Wal-Mart with my dad doing some routine grocery shopping, nothing out of the ordinary, right? We passed the usual Halloween decorations, some candy sales, everything one would expect. I looked to my right into the hardware section and noticed a monster. He towered over the entire store, mocking all the customers with the idea of giving and joy for all the world. Greedy bastard. Yes, it's what you think: A giant inflatable Santa was for sale in the middle of October. Why has Christmas become a marketing season of commercialization? In the last decade or so, holiday shopping brings the worst out in people; fighting for the last toy on the shelf, cutting Thanksgiving short to go to the mall, it's all to feed into America's big businesses. This time of giving has turned into a time of stress.