I DETEST that term! I am sick unto death of the ads telling us to get out and bust down the doors for the best savings. It's all about SPENDING.....it has nothing to do with Christmas.
I don't understand why stores don't do special sales earlier in the year on their own individual schedules, rather than all of them trying for your attention at the same time. Doesn't it make sense that the consumer would buy more if he can spread it out over more time?
I hate lines. I hate badly behaved shoppers. I hate seeing people fighting over the last of some highly touted item that their child is going to ignore after a week. I hate the feeling that I MUST buy a gift for someone, when I haven't a clue what they might like to have.
I am fed up. I will not be giving Christmas presents this year to anyone other than our granddaughters, who are seven and younger. I am having a reaction to years and years of increasing hype, and am having my own personal revolt! It's quite probable that part of the problem lies within me, because I truly don't like to shop. But, a larger share of the blame for my reaction goes to the force-feeding of ads and the focus on spending for the season.
So, please don't be upset when you do not receive a gift from me. I'm going to be celebrating Christmas differently this year.