One can almost cut through the irony of hearing Bing Crosby sing “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas” on the radio when the temperature is sixty and the first frost of winter is still weeks away. As citizens of the United States in this day and age, people are most likely all too accustomed with this typical rush promoted between important festivities. It’s exclusively about generating maximum revenue for the large corporations as frantic shoppers attempt to assuage their stress through hour upon hour of incessant shopping; arising in our society today, an important question of whether or not this avaricious behavior communicates total loss of understanding as to what the true meaning of the season represents. In my opinion, some …show more content…
Within our culture, it seems to be of much more convenience to attend a Christmas Eve sale at Macy’s rather than the Christmas Eve vigil at a local church. Days such as BLACK Friday really do give a good characterization to the way we as a whole have become. Next, one is unable to enjoy the true spirit of the season – the togetherness, the contentment, and the unadulterated joy – when the only thing singed into our minds is the need to prepare for the next quickly-approaching holiday. Before you can even begin to think of the forthcoming celebration, all consumer-based retailers have their shelves stocked high with goods pertaining to seasons months in the future. Sears, Kmart and Home Depot were among the first wave of retailers to set up their holiday displays and merchandise during the last week of September (“Kmart, Sears, and Home Depot”). It seems that, at this point every year, Halloween and Thanksgiving are to be forgotten, shipped away to the land of misfit rationalizations; the biggest moneymaker of them all is the only thing that retail stores want you to remember. It’s impossible to see the beauty of the multitude of colors painted across the leaves of changing trees, to watch the snow gently blanket the cold, hard, winter ground, or to enjoy the company of several generations of loved ones gathered in close proximity when the
Andrew Leonard's "Black Friday: Consumerism Minus Civilization" argues that the Black Friday shopping spree has begun to get out of hand in the previous years. Leonard explains that consumerism is a great thing for America, but showing Americans that it is okay to go crazy when shopping for deals is not the way to approach the buying markets. He mentions a Target advertisement and states that, "The Crazy Target Lady is not a joke. Watch her cannibalize her gingerbread man, or strategize her reverse psychology shopping techniques... she is America. She might be a lunatic, but it's a culturally approved lunacy" (Leonard 166). The author emphasizes how Americans embrace the acts of the target lady as funny and amusing, but during Black Friday shopping, some shoppers will take the night to the extreme like the advertisement does. He does remind us that there is light at the end of the tunnel, by reporting how shoppers are seeing the problems with the night of crazy shopping. I agree with Leonard that there are problems with Black Friday ads, and that consumers are realizing Black Friday shopping is taking away from Thanksgiving.
There are several Symbols associated with Christmas, Santa Claus, Snow or cold weather, Wreaths, garland , wrapping paper and a Christmas tree. Society does not look at Halloween costumes or a hot sunny day and think of Christmas, although when I noticed that some retailers have Halloween, thanksgiving and Christmas décor out, it does not seem to mesh well. But retailers are showing society these symbols getting them thinking about what’s coming soon.
Black Friday shopping is a controversial issue in the United States; while many believe the day after Thanksgiving is a part of holiday festivities, others view it as destructive. Throughout “Black Friday: Consumerism Minus Civilization,” Andrew Leonard argues that the chaos of Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving in which crowds of Americans shop all night for extremely low prices, lessens the sophistication of Americans and the true meaning of the holidays. People become so consumed in the idea of endless sale prices that they forget to embrace what they already have, such as family, food, and shelter. He believes that Black Friday shopping has become out of control and describes the negative effects of excessive consumerism. he explains how most consumers act completely insane while Black Friday shopping and how society encourages this behavior by creating commercials and advertisements. Furthermore, Leonard states that it hurts the economy and damages one’s mental health. While Leonard is probably wrong when he claims that Black Friday shopping is completely troublesome to America’s well-being, he is right that consumerism overpowers the true significance of Thanksgiving.
With the wreaths and Yule logs that come standard with this holiday comes a caring from deep in the hearts of people unbeknownst to them at any other time of the year. At the sight of the Christmas decor and the flames roaring at the hearth, a warmth envelops the heart, one with which no flame, however hot, could compete. We see in our gift-wrap and our greeting cards and our holiday stockings an entirely new persona occupying this world we live in, reprieving us from the daily heartaches we all know as familiar.
Black Friday is the following Thanksgiving Day in the United States, traditionally the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. Black Friday is not an official holiday, but many workers have the day off as part of the Thanksgiving holiday, this increases the number of potential shoppers. Retailers often decorate for the Christmas and holiday season weeks beforehand. Many retailers open extremely early, with most of the retailers typically opening at 5 A.M. or even earlier. Retailers use Black Friday to kick off the holiday season to use much of their products to go from the red to the black.
Every year, my family drives down to Banner Elk to pick out a Christmas tree the weekend after Thanksgiving. This excursion has evolved from a fun family trip to becoming an expectation within the family. It is rare to get all five of us together now that the eldest one attends college, and the youngest one always seems to have something better to do. However, never once have I or my brothers complained about waking up at 7:30 in the morning to go Christmas tree shopping. “It’s something about the smell of freshly cut firs and warm apple cider...the thought of the holiday seasons keep us going when we would otherwise have no interest” (Correll). Banner Elk is not only associated with annual traditions to me, but also to the rest of my family, which is why Banner Elk is seemingly a part of our families culture and something we all consider to be our “happy
Quindlen starts her essay by stating that at a Wal-Mart in Valley Stream, New York, a worker was trampled to death by a horde of excited shoppers during Black Friday; the day after Thanksgiving when stores hold massive sales for the holiday season (Par. 2). She then goes on to talk about credit card debt and gives various examples of people buying different versions of items they
Historically, the department store affected every facet of social and economic life in America. The rise of the department store from the mid-1850s to the end of the 19th century was a major revolution for business and society. It revolutionized the shopping experience and created an entirely new view of ordinary retail stores. Endless categories of items from jewelry and accessories to home goods and furniture were available to all customers under one roof. Department stores found success in the early years, because they were selling more than just “products.” They were selling an entire experience to the American consumer. Known for their low prices, convenience, experience, and variety, department stores emerged as the iconic establishments of their time. These stores became mainstream institutions in downtown areas. Some department stores, such as Filene’s, even had restaurants and tearooms located inside the building. They had services like photo studios and special events like fashion shows and parades. Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is still a widely popular event today, originating in
As Black Friday and the Christmas season rolls around, Americans all over the country, Reverend Billy and his Church of Stop Shopping included, flock to supermalls and giant shopping complexes. Yet unlike all the Americans, Reverend Billy Talon and his Church of Stop Shopping infiltrate these popular stores in an effort to resist the commercialized Christmas and bridge the gap between 1st world consumerism and 3rd world production. This anti-consumption activist group implores Americans to refocus their Christmases around religious and familial traditions rather than the consumptive practices which are backed by retailers and media alike. Morgan Spurlock follows Reverend Billy and his Church of Stop Shopping around America as they crusade against
Firstly, decorating during thanksgiving for christmas in my perspective is not right. It also breaks tradition, so why do all this now. I researched a article about this and carla caldwell (author of article) found out that 10% decorate before november, 17% decorate in mid november, 19% decorate in the week of thanksgiving,and 25% decorate after the week of thanksgiving. This means 87% percent of americans decorate for christmas before its even here.Its also happening all round us in stores. carla caldwell stated “The weekend after thanksgiving has become synonymous with when the black friday through the cyber monday deals started. Holiday shopping trend like these in addition to the timing of
One way Febreze promotes their product is by using songs. One advertisement by this company is starring Jane Lynch and Matthew Morrison. In this commercial, these two actors sing a parody of “The 12 Days of Christmas”. The second commercial is a cartoon with a song in the background and the lyrics at the bottom of the screen. Both commercials are successful in the promotion of the product, however only for a short time throughout the year.
Christmas is the annual festival celebrating the birth of Jesus on the 25th December, at least that is what it began as initially. Since it has expanded into an international phenomenon for consumption, taking priority over our everyday practices of life (Michel De Certeau, 1980). Our time we spend divided between work and leisure in accordance to the codes and conventions of society shifts, Christmas derails these expectations. Yet surprisingly Christmas gains little attention in terms of social research, despite the fact that it can be explored diversely. The inquiry ‘What is Christmas?’ links to multiple aspects of social research. The aspects of Christmas can be subdivided into the following; religion, commercialism, gift-giving, social relationships, sensualism and mythology. This essay will analyse these fundamentals of Christmas through both psychological and sociological perspectives, as the theories among these two social sciences are best suited to the elements which make up Christmas itself.
Christmas is my favorite holiday of the year. I love seeing the shinny Christmas lights that decorates my street and the sound of fresh fallen snow on the ground. Christmas reminds me of family, the laughter and loved we shared, and the gifts we gave to each other. My house on Christmas became the center of my joy.
Holidays have always been known to affect our consumer culture for many years, but how it all began eludes many people and very few studies have been completed on it. Even though some say that the subject is too broad to precisely identify how holidays, especially Christmas, directly affect our market, I have found that people’s values, expectations and rituals related to holidays can cause an excessive amount of spending among our society. Most people are unaware that over the centuries holidays have become such a profitable time of year for industries that they now starting to promote gift ideas on an average of a month and a half ahead of actual holiday dates to meet consumer demands.