So I am aware that 2014 is only 3.5 months away from being over (Yep…). With that said, my biggest pet peeve is seeing Christmas commercials before Thanksgiving. I know that we live in a society where you see displays for major holiday shopping a couple of months ahead, but it doesn’t mean I accept it. I believe that this steals the joy of each individual holiday. This flagrant consumeristic wielding of wares and goods deduces family togetherness, celebrations of affection, adventures, and just pure fun to merely taunts to spend money that doesn’t exist.
Now, I have seen Christmas stuff after Halloween, but K-Mart has struck a new low with their latest commercial that just hit the airwaves in the past week. Maybe because it’s probably not the most desirable stores, and they are trying to get ahead of the game with promoting layaway. “Hey come pick out loads of cheap overpriced junk, finance it for a few months, then pick it up and give it to people who won’t remember what you got them in another four months.” Take a look…
Clever…but no. I’m not buying it, literally. I have put two things on layaway in my lifetime. One was the Littermaid, a $100 automatic litterbox for my cat back when I was a junior in high school. The second was a $150 class ring for my senior year of high school. That was a lot of money for a high school student! Since then, I have not found it necessary to participate layaway. Growing up, my family put back-to-school clothes on layaway, which was exciting. Now, I am not knocking layaway. I think it can be a very practical thing for big ticket items that you really want to pay off rather than putting on a credit card. I am sure my parents maybe even used it for Christmas at some point. BUT as I stand now, a reformed spendaholic, I am reevaluating my consumerism on all levels – especially for Christmas. This promotion just makes it easier for material gluttony.
Last year loved ones received a handmade gift, and I actually received more compliments and gratitude from that than when I have purchased items. I think I will go in that direction this year as well. While I don’t give gifts to get the kudos from the receivers, I do like to know that the gifts were useful. There’s nothing more disappointing than spending a lot of money on items the person doesn’t really care about or want.
What do you think about this?