Food for Thought: Xmas & The Media
In the midst of October, once the leaves change color and the wind feels crisp, it begins to feel a lot like Christmas. While pumpkins are still in harvest, department stores set up their polyester Christmas trees for display. There is something about Christmas that is both produced and enhanced by the media so much so, that the slay bells are jingling, with neither Santa nor a snowflake in sight.
Celebrating Christmas with the media has become an annual ritual amongst our society, which only gets bigger and brighter each year. The media successfully satisfies our need to see, hear, taste, touch, and smell by merging the holidays with virtually everything. Christmas time is consumerism time; so naturally, the media strives to push it forward on our calendar. Without the increasingly early saturation of Christmas in the media, our “Christmas spirit”, as we know it, would be radically different; which begs the question, are we really in the spirit of Christmas or are our senses simply on Holiday overload?
This is something that I am currently writing for my Arts & Entertainment Journalism "Media Trend" Piece. It's due this Wednesday, so I still have a lot of work to do :S. Wish me luck!