Once upon a time Christmas meant family members would reconnect and friends could gather together for cherished times. Eggnog, never ending appetizers, four-course meals, and festive holiday music were on the menu during every Christmas season. Down through the years commercialism has detracted people from these welcomed pleasures that were taken for granted. Peace on earth is arriving in the driveway or unlocking the front door unscathed. It is no longer customary to say, "Merry Christmas." Instead it is more politically correct to say, "Happy Holidays."
Is it true that Christmas without commercialism would be a very boring holiday? In Deja Vu Christmas, Mr. Whitworth seems to think so until he sees the other side of Christmas. Many equate commercialism with Christmas spirit but is giving a gift and parting with a person's money the same? Once upon a time department stores had window displays of nativity scenes and other events associated with the Christmas event. Now it is difficult to locate a Christmas card with a nativity or religious representation. On the other hand, commercialism adds to the joy of the holiday. It leads to goodwill and happiness and the gaiety of the season. Is that so bad? Cha-ching! Is that the sound of Christmas? Or is there something more that Christmas represents?