Seven Million Golden Fish

Does it even feel like Christmas?
November 21, 2008, 6:27 am
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z_sad_treeRunning around the city last night, I was struck by how bare many of the streets felt.

When I was younger, one of the sure signs of Christmas was the atmosphere of the streets, and the atmosphere was due mainly to the proliferation of Christmas lanterns and various strings of colored lights. And somehow, along with the lights came those huge kettles of chestnuts being slow roasted on black pebbles (at least that’s how I’ve always thought of them), styro boxes of grapes, and foam stockings filled with fuji apples.

The sad part is that if I described that scene to a young’un now, they’d say that I was describing a typical night. And they’d be right too. The chestnuts and the fruit are likely due to free trade or whatever; and the bright lights to the egos of the mayors.

The net result is that we’ve been desensitized to the visual cues of Christmas. And since many of us don’t really view Christmas as a religious event (admit it!), that desensitization leaves us with very little to mark Christmas with. Even the splurge shopping that used to set Christmas apart as a time when we could forget thrift for a while now has become a year-round thing with growing influence of american culture, thanks to the internet.

And with the economic crunch, there have been fewer parties. Even among families, me and my friends have noticed that we don’t get together as much as we used to.

So does it even feel like Christmas? Well it looks like Christmas, but it sure doesn’t feel like it.


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