Maybe its because im getting older and grumpier (and the presents I get become more depressing), I've started seeing religious festivals in a different light.
Christmas is the most obvious one.
People spend billions at this time of year, errrrrr why!
If we look at it, its just 'consumerism'. A time of the year when people buy other people stuff and eat way too much food/drink.
Nobody remembers that Jesus was born on this day, hardly anyone goes to church or remembers what Jesus actually did for humanity.
But i bet most people have bought other people gifts, with money they probably didnt have and put them under a very well decorated christmas tree (which is related to christmas how?).
I bet people signed lots of Christmas cards, (which are only really useful to the people who make them, or the people who sell stamps because of the profits they generate).
I know what your all thinking, SCROOOOOOOOGE!
But the truth is, especially in the U.K people are suffering from credit card debt like never before - people are starving around the world, freezing to death (even in the UK)..
"Two years ago, during a mild winter, deaths from cold were just 25,630. But if January is as cold as predicted, the figure could rise to 70,000."
and yet we waste millions every year on stuff we dont need!!
If I was Jesus i'd be pretty annoyed that all this is done in his name, after all it is CHRISTmas.
Wouldn't it be better to tell all your friends that they werent getting Christmas cards this year because you'd donated the £20 to an old peoples charity or cancer research? They might even follow suit!
Just a thought...