Christian Buying Frenzy

Sarah Bowman

Sarah Bowman, Secular Humanist: studied theology, social work, some philosophy, anthropology

If you considered the fact that some of the richest people on earth are Christians, and that they became so through business, you might not ask why Christian merchants and retailers cash in on the world’s biggest spending spree.

I believe that the folk protesting about the “war on Christmas” spend just as much on Christmas (if not more) as the rest of society. They will travel thousands of miles to be “home for Christmas” for lavish (and expensive) meals in big houses decorated with energy-eating (and expensive) decorations. Not to mention fancy Christmas pageants with all the props in their churches. Oh, and the gifts, don’t forget the gifts.

I realize I’m stereotyping like crazy but does that not describe the ideal cozy Christmas one reads about in all the mags and rags and finds advertised on TV, radio and internet? Besides, I’ve been at such pageants and family functions. I’ve heard and seen it in real life from people I know. Many upper middle-class people are Christians who care deeply—and some of them vocally—that Christ be kept in Christmas.


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