With the end of 2010 drawing to a close soon, Christmas is something that most people look forward to. The images of decking the halls and people singing along to Christmas carols are the first things that pop in our minds. And that follows with this ‘usual’ Christmas list: Feeling joyous? Check. Laughter? Check. Having friends and loved ones coming over to visit? Check. A reunion with friends and family members we have not met for so long? Check. Christmas tree and decorations in the lounge? Check. Nice Christmas goodies to feast on? Check. Fancy gifts and a huge number of presents for the Christmas stockings? Excuse me, what did you just say?

Every now and then, we hear of people expecting to get fancy, expensive gifts or many presents on Christmas Day. Scenario 1: Imagine a guy giving his girlfriend something sweet and thoughtful only to find that she is throwing a hissy fit in his face that she did not get the latest Louis Vuitton handbag, a diamond necklace and exquisite killer heels she wanted so badly just like what her colleagues and friends for their latest fashion collection. Or it could be worse in Scenario 2, where you may come across a spoilt kid pestering his parents over and over again to buy him the most expensive, must-have toys which he ends losing interest in later on when the new trends loom in for next year. Or, here is another interesting bit in Scenario 3: someone whining away for nothing just because he didn’t get more than 20 presents from his 20 so-called best friends and family members on Christmas Day.

What do these scenarios have in common? Materialism.  And by the look of these three people, it is obvious that they are suffering from a serious case of Christmas affluenza with a dose of materialistic behaviour added to the mix. It is such a pity to know how people have gotten the meaning of Christmas wrong by defining it with materials. Therefore, let us all ask our themselves these questions: Does having the most expensive item or 20 to 30 presents for Christmas mean understanding the true meaning of Christmas? Don’t they understand that Christmas day is not about seeing who has the fanciest gifts among his or her friends and family members? Have they ever stop for a moment to understand that the thoughts always count when it comes to Christmas time? I don’t think so.

What does Christmas really mean to me? My answer: Christmas is not all about having luxurious, expensive gifts or many presents under my Christmas tree just to show that I am having a great Christmas time. Christmas to me is all about sharing joy and laughter and having a wonderful time with friends and loved ones while Christmas songs play in the background.

I don’t know what you guys think but what says you on this matter about Christmas and materialism. Do you have any real-life stories or concerns to share in relation to Christmas and materialism?  Feel free to have your say and Merry Christmas.