It’s early November. You are scrolling through your recommended section on Youtube and suddenly, a new video pops up: “What I Want for Christmas 2016.” You think: “It’s only November, Christmastime is in December.” Then you remember that commercial Christmastime comes the day after Thanksgiving. But why?
What do you think of when you hear the words Holiday Season? Maybe you remember decorating the Christmas tree, lighting the menorah, the seven principals of Kwanzaa or one of millions of other holiday traditions. These days, though, it seems like all that Americans think about is the gifts. Continue reading Gimme Gimme Gimme: Holiday Consumerism in American Culture