John has been writing poetry since his school days. He was awarded the "Best Poet 2014 and 2021" Hubby Awards.
How Christmas is Changing
Christmas is traditionally a celebration of the birth of the saviour Christ Jesus on whom the Christian religion is based. Over the last few decades however Christmas seems to be losing it's true meaning and the main focus seems to now be on feasting and merchandising.
Add to this the increased multiculturalism in our societies, decreased regard for Christianity as a cornerstone of Western values, education and government, and even a seeming preference for this time of year to be referred to simply as "Happy Holidays" so as to be all encompassing.
Because the main focus now seems to be spending money on food, gifts, and decoration, maybe we are better of changing the name from "Christmas" to the more appropriate "Giftmas."
This poem is a somewhat 'tongue in cheek" but very sarcastic commentary on Christmas as I see it in the eyes of many today.
Food, drink and gifts going to waste
In their 2014 survey "The Money Advice Service" questioned British participants about wasted food and unwanted gifts at Christmas . They found that approximately £2.4 billion is wasted on uneaten, discarded food and unwanted gifts. The average adult spends £28 on food and drink that will get thrown away. Additionally, 37% of respondents said they received gifts worth an average value of £54 that they did not want or use.
Have a Very Merry Giftmas
Have a very merry Giftmas,
Spend what you can't afford.
Give record profits to the rich
Mega department stores.
Have a credit-charging Giftmas,
Go into massive debt.
Use up your credit limit,
There's no need to pay back yet.
Have a very well-lit Giftmas,
Decorate your home in lights.
You have to beat the neighbours,
Who cares about the fights.
Have a very greedy Giftmas,
It really isn't rude.
Every kind of food and treat,
Gorge yourself on food.
The homeless don't need Giftmas,
Let others serve their needs.
You just worry about yourself
And the family you must feed.
Have a very faithless Giftmas,
Make Jesus Christ a myth.
Be good and praise St Nicholas,
If you want that special gift.
Record Christmas Spending in Australia
The Australian Retailers Association said about $45 billion was spent in the period leading up to Christmas 2014, a slight increase on the previous year.
Australians spent in record numbers in the lead-up to Christmas, the peak retail body says, with those aged over 14 spending an average of $2,500 each in the six weeks leading to the event. (abc.net.au)
Food for Thought
Some powerful statistics to consider:
- Approximately $450 billion is spent in the USA during the month of December. Much of which is brought on by holiday shopping
- At any given time, half of the world’s hospital beds are occupied by patients suffering from a water related disease
- 2.2 million people die every year due to lack of access to clean drinking water. That’s equivalent to 20 jumbo jets crashing every day!
- According to the World Bank and United Nations Development Programme, it’s estimated that it would cost somewhere around $20 billion to solve the global water crisis. That’s less than 5% of what’s spent in the USA during one holiday shopping period in December.
Just hink about that! If people just behaved a little differently, and were more thoughtful as to how they spent their money, they could help solve the planet’s biggest killer. (Forbes: CMO Network)
© 2015 John Hansen
John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on December 27, 2015:
Cris, sorry about your family emergency. I know about the shoe boxes and it is a very worthy cause. I saw a video recently of the African children opening them and their excitement was a joy to see. Hope you get to do it next year. Being with the ones we love is the important thing. Have a great New Year.
CrisSp from Sky Is The Limit Adventure on December 27, 2015:
We actually cancelled gift giving this year due to some family emergencies. I also didn't get the chance to organize the annual shoe box party (check http://www.samaritanspurse.ca). *sad* But hey, there's always next year for that, in which we hope circumstances will be better.
Besides, what matter most is that we're with the people we love.
Good, enjoyable poem John. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and wishing you and your family a happy and healthy New Year!
Love from the sky~
John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on December 18, 2015:
It's never too late Mike. Thank you for the kind Christmas wishes. Merry Christmas too you and yours as well and have a great New Year too.
mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on December 17, 2015:
Hello John. I think I may have been preoccupied when you published this article. Stopping by to wish you and yours a Merry Christmas that bring you the joy and peace of the season.
John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on December 17, 2015:
Paula, thank you for the warm wishes, and a very Merry Christmas to you and yours also. Hoping 2016 is the best year yet.
Suzie from Carson City on December 17, 2015:
Jodah...Wishing you & yours a very Merry Christmas and a blessed Holiday Season. May the New Year begin a fresh and wonderful trend to you. Peace, Paula
John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on December 17, 2015:
Good to see you Rebecca. A food drive is a worthy cause...even if people just gave one item each it could make a difference to someone's Christmas, unfortunately many just don't think of others outside their own family. Thanks for reading. Have a Merry Christmas.
Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on December 17, 2015:
I hope your poem inspires many to stop and think about the true meaning of Christmas. so many selfish people out there! I've tried to start a food drive at work a couple of times and hardly anyone participated. Well done hub with poem and facts. Thanks for sharing.
John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on December 15, 2015:
Your comment adds a lot of value to this hub Genna. Thanks. Yes we too belong to a "pantry program." with it food isn't given for free but anyone can pay $40 for a hamper that contains about $120 value in food. Demand drives the supply, so the more people who buy hampers the more extra funding the church receives on top of donations and the more food they can get...and it pays for free Christmas hampers to the very needy. There are so many people lined up for hampers you have like a two hour wait for your name to be called.