Perversion of the Christmas Spirit

October 20, 2010

It may seem early for a holiday post but I’ve seen Christmas stuff in the stores already and liked this so much I just couldn’t wait any longer to share.

“The Indian Helper” was an odd place to find 110 year old opposition to Christmas consumerism but here it is.  And it could have been written yesterday.



THE INDIAN HELPER

          A WEEKLY LETTER

             -FROM THE-

 Indian Industrial School, Carlisle, Pa.

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 VOL. XV. FRIDAY, December 22, 1899  NUMBER 9

PERVERSION OF THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT.

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It is probably useless to lift a voice against the commercial perversion of the Christmas spirit.

The bewildering bustle and maddening crush in the great city stores give to certain people a thrill of pleasure, which they fancy is the Christmas feeling.

To see everybody emptying pocketbooks in order to make expensive presents which they can ill afford is in reality a sad sight.

The Christmas gifts which are the tokens of love are among the pleasantest things of the whole year, either to give or to receive.

But when one attempts to find some logical and ethical connection between the anniversay of Jesus’ birth and the monstrosities in advertising, the overwork of employees, and the colossal waste which accompany the “holiday trade,” one wonders that so few religious leaders speak out against the folly and the tyranny of the abuse.