Every year the commercials come sooner (October for the US), and to be quite frank.... it's very saddening. Christmas was once celebreated as the birthday of Jesus Christ, then it was a day to be spent with your family, and now, finally, it's a cash bonanza for big companies all across the globe. Yes, christmas is not the only holiday this time of year, but still, jingles on radio commericals sung to the tune of 'silent night' is a bit much. Christmas is supposed to be a happy time for families, not a time for people to get their oil changed and get happy meals from the local mickey d's. This time of year has been steadily declining in the terms of family orientation, and increasing in corporation cashflow. And it's very painful to stand by and watch footage of women literally fighting over a DVD on Black Friday (the friday after thanksgiving). Do companies think we want the holidays brought to us by Nintendo and kentucky fried chicken? I hope not. Post your opinions, and have a good holiday season. "How touching. The meaning of christmas being brought to us by beer and fastfood. I hate to think what you're learning from this." ~Bill Watterson in "Calvin and Hobbes"
Well, what do you expect? Secularism and other cultural phenomoneau have sucked all the meaning out of the holiday. The commercial aspects are really all that's left.
I think this thread covers more or less the same topic: http://www.gamingforums.com/showthread.php?t=290241