The Hungarian population accounts for approx. 24% bought on credit at Christmas. Is that wrong? Whatever it is! Of course, I do not want to refer to the ecclesiastical, religious aspect of the celebration, since there are very few places in Europe where Christ’s birth, indeed, is celebrated at Christmas.
It would be better to celebrate the redemptive birth of Christmas
But the wheel of time cannot be reversed, and the centuries-long process of secularization is unstoppable. However, it is a curious question why Christmas became the second largest ecclesiastical holiday in the once completely, now only trace Christian Christian world? Does Christmas include people indebted for years to celebrate one day? In Debrecen a sign says: We wish you a Merry Christmas! It could even be a paraphrase of the “abundant New Year”, but let us not be illusory: it is just about getting as many things as possible.
There is a stressful queue at the checkout point in shopping malls and all major themed stores: I have to get to another place, but I have to do tomorrow’s dinner to let the flavors come together and wonder if X, Y or ZS ? I got a book that didn’t pound my heart – that is, it wouldn’t pound my heart if I didn’t know who gave it, it took time to try to figure it out because it might please me.
Christmas was, according to research, really such a holiday:
Time for getting the tiny, but useful, or yearning for essentials. And of course there were no loans. Book, clothes, kitchen utensils, bedding, etc. has been added to the shopping list as a truly valuable product and gift. Today, according to research, Christmas has become a celebration of utterly useless and incredibly expensive gifts. (Celebration of love, though …) There’s a lot of things that people wouldn’t buy on other occasions because they’re completely nonsense or because they’re so expensive. In fact , Christmas now triggers reflexes like traveling abroad: many lose their sense of money and buy things they don’t need (idiot gifts for Christmas and idiot souvenirs in a foreign country); or much more expensive and would never buy it at home, but we are only in Vienna, Berlin or Cairo, money doesn’t matter (plasma TV is the result of such thinking, Apfelstrudel costing a thousand forints abroad, or a beer of such value which costs one quarter of your home).
Why? The answer of sociologists will obviously be different from that of a priest or priest, the former finding, the latter regretting. However, there are those who are particularly pleased with everything. We hope that their wishes will continue to diminish over the coming Christmas and beyond, and we will return to a happier celebration. You do not have to give up gifts, you do not have to promise that I will never buy anything again, because giving is also a tradition (the three wise men have brought gifts to the newborn baby!). But let’s not be credit, debt, debt, prison, auctioned movables.