- August 12, 2008 at 4:50 pm #261644
— In Budget101_@yahoogroups.com, “J Diane Northcutt”
J Diane>I don’t think anyone should feel compelled to participate.
I agree. However, there are many who just love it.
J Diane> How do you think these holidays were celebrated before
mass marketing hit the scene? Just when did Mother’s Day & Father’s
Day come about? Who introduced them? The Marketers of course.
I do believe many of our holidays have been celebrated for years prior
to the mass-marketing frenzy that goes on now. The origins with many
of these holidays have nothing to do with selling. The fact that
marketing has seized these days and try to capitalize on them should
not remove the original intent of the day. For example, Mother’s Day
was created by a woman who wished to honor her mother after she died.
It took a great deal of continuous effort to make it happen (years, I
believe). Then once it started turning into something else
(commercial), she wanted to un-do it. Many holidays were begun to
honor people–such as Labor Day.
For me, I try to be with my mom, and help her do things around the
house she cannot do herself. She likes cards, so I get her one. She
would not like us to spend money on frivolous things.
People ought to check out the origins of holidays. That way, if they
chose, they can celebrate with the original intent in mind.
J Diane> I highly recommend the book ‘Unplug the Christmas
Machine’. It will forever change the way you view holiday celebrations
I think I will check out this book. I try to do handmade things for
Christmas as much as possible. I also buy from charity stores at
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