Alarming Deficit of Christmas Cheer

Samantha Parish

Angela Lai

As Christmas approaches, students are reportedly devastated by the lack of Christmas-themed commercials and decorations. The absence of snowflakes, red, bows, reindeer, and elves in absolutely every location possible leaves the world around us empty and joyless, giving the sense that it is not truly the holiday season and it never will be.

It is widely believed that Santa, who has close ties to malls and stores across the world, instructed the industry that this year, Christmas is cancelled, as he needs time to deal with his recent diabetes diagnosis. While that may serve as a temporary explanation for holiday spirit’s failure to saturate everything in sight, the public requires a far more satisfactory answer.

One distraught student wept,  “How can I celebrate when there are commercials that don’t pressure you into buying gifts? It doesn’t feel like Christmas without them. I can’t do it. I just can’t.”

Indeed, on every single surface, there has been a disturbing shortage of ads featuring people frolicking in the snow under towering gift-wrapped boxes, candy canes, strange but industrious tiny people, and an immortal, magical, overweight old man watching you 24/7 in order to discern naughty or nice behavior–the very images composing the backbone of holiday spirit.

Another student remembers a particularly spirited Christmas season in which he arrived at the mall early during last year’s Black Friday. “We got there a couple hours before it opened, before lots of people got there. I even met Santa in the parking lot and got a photo with him. That was one of the best times I’ve ever had.”

“I had to give him my wallet, but it was so much better than that one time when I sat around the fireplace with all the people I love, laughing at my grandparents’ stories for our last Christmas together as a true family,” he adds. “Boy, that sucked.”

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7 Responses to “Alarming Deficit of Christmas Cheer”

  1. Zoe Pacalin on December 11th, 2012 9:49 pm

    very good portrayal of christmas becoming overly commercialized!

  2. Helmi on December 11th, 2012 11:07 pm

    I’m wearing a festive Santa hat every day this week in order to spread some Christmas cheer around campus!

  3. Virsies on December 11th, 2012 11:08 pm

    I’m so upset with the lack of Christmas spirit this year. I miss the olden days when Christmas and the holidays were shoved in our faces and down our throats. Today, I slightly cheered up at the sight of a singing and dancing santa hat, but alas eventually it stopped….

    Helmi Reply:

    Maybe it will make a comeback during finals week? ;)

  4. Robbie Gordan on December 13th, 2012 3:36 pm

    I wonder what’s caused this alarming lack of spirit?

  5. sparish on December 13th, 2012 5:25 pm

    It’s really disappointing how little Christmas cheer there is. I really miss the Christmas songs being played 24/7 on the radio, and the lack of decorations in the stores is really getting me down..

  6. Nolan Martin on December 13th, 2012 9:02 pm

    There is admittedly a lack of spirit, but I have noted the return to popularity of “Merry Christmas” signs as opposed to the more PC “Happy Holidays”.