Contra Francis, however, there is little doubt that many now believe the pleasures we enjoy on Christmas, somewhere along the line, got out of hand. Thus, it has become cliché to bemoan the “commercialization” of Christmas.

This critique permeates popular culture, and everyone who’s ever seen “A Charlie Brown Christmas” has heard the message: Christmas is being ruined by too much consumption, and all you really need on Christmas is a tiny little tree and some friends. Only by abandoning material luxuries, we are told, can we appreciate “the true meaning of Christmas.”



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