Holiday season hurried by consumerism
Published: Thursday, October 31, 2013
Updated: Thursday, October 31, 2013 13:10
Happy Halloween! Or, as most stores would tell you, Merry Christmas!
That’s right, Halloween is so yesterday, even though the main festivities have yet to start.
Across the nation, stores are stocking their shelves with Christmas decorations.
Sexy police officer and naughty nurse costumes are now being traded for seductive Santa and racy elf outfits.
Tough luck for those who still don’t know what to be for Halloween. They should have bought their costumes in August, when the stores first rolled out the Halloween themes.
And forget about Thanksgiving, most businesses already have.
So what’s the reason for corporations’ premature celebration?
Some may claim that businesses want to get into the spirit early, to help their customers feel better about the coming winter.
And those people would most likely be wrong.
The purpose of a business is to make money. No matter how much a corporation claims to care about customers, if they don’t make a profit, they are not being successful. And the surefire way to increase profits is to increase sales.
American businesses operate under the premise that if it’s on the shelves, people will buy. Therefore, the longer an item stays in stores, the more items they have the potential to sell.
In addition, the recent government shut down is scaring corporations into thinking consumers won’t buy as much Therefore, promotion for products is only increasing.
Now, the holiday season has become a competition of who can spend the most money.
Costumes are judged by the brand name, and how much money was spent for an outfit that often has little fabric.
A house undecorated is a house nobody wants to go to. Greeting cards are a staple for every event, including Halloween, further pushing the false ideal that spending money on someone is the only way to show you care about them.
Bottom line, the businesses don’t care about the consumers, or about the holiday itself. They care about making money, and want their buyers to care about spending it.
The best way to combat corporations’ rush to make money on the holidays is to stop buying.
What’s the harm in waiting until October to buy a costume, or December to get Christmas ornaments?
Businesses can still make money on sales, but waiting forces them to cater to what consumers want, not what businesses are hoping they will buy.
Next, Americans need to realize the true meaning of the holidays.
A Hallmark card for any occasion is nice, but if there is no sincerity behind it, it’s just wasted consumer money that pads the pockets of the store it was bought from.
It’s time we all realized the true meaning of the holidays, and stopped letting corporations control how we celebrate.
Until then, have a happy new year.