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Wellingtonians ask: Is Jesus still the reason for the season?

Dec 17th, 2014 | By | Category: Lead Story, News

“GREED” and “rampant commercialism” are just two of the phrases used to describe Christmas.

In a Wellington street poll on December 10, 27 people were asked what Christmas meant to them, and if it had become too commercial.

Only two mentioned the birth of Christ, and 81% agreed Christmas has become too commercial.Stephan Cartwright

John Hutson (82), retired, of Miramar says the business world has taken it over but to him it is about “the ‘mas’ of Christ.”

Stephan Cartwright (30), right, a Wellington parent says to him Christmas means “rampant commercialism.”

“They should ban all advertising and that would solve a lot of problems,” he says.

Nina MarietteNina Mariette (68), left, of Raumati says Christmas is about “greed and overeating”.

“There’s all this buy, buy, buy, it doesn’t seem to have much to do with peace and goodwill,” the artist says.

Dan Delion (28), gardner, Wairoa: “It’s disgustingly commercial.”Andrew Trute

Andrew Trute (51), right, of Melbourne: “It tends to be each year has to be bigger and better.”

Kristy McCormick (20), student, Newtown: “It’s about how much money you can spend on Christmas presents to make this person happy, whereas you’d probably just make them happy being there anyways.”

Jude Chan (44), of Tawa, says she feels for those who are pressured to buy gifts.

Kristara Spence“I know it’s business but there must be a lot of pressure on families to buy presents for kids,” the authorised police officer says.

Kristara Spence (20), left, of Brooklyn, says it has become more about spending money.

“It should be about spending time with your family not spending thousands of dollars,” says the mother and model.Paula Comerford

Paula Comerford (late 50’s), right, of Oriental Bay would prefer to get away from it all.

“If I had the money I’d escape to Bali,” the property advisor says.

However, some say that the commercial nature of Christmas depends on how you celebrate.

Michael Prankerd (31), dairy farmer, Taranaki: “It is what you make it, so in my case no we don’t do it too commercially”

Amy Gillies (41), restaurant owner, Berhampore: “If you get into it that way, but no, it is what it is.”

Logan AdamsDespite people feeling Christmas has become too commercial 59% say it’s still about spending time with family
and friends.

Logan Adams (25), student, left, Te Aro: “Getting together with family and seeing people I haven’t seen for a long time.”

Becky Prebble (33), right, economist, Roseneath: “Time to get together with my family”

Isaac Gutschlag, 20, student, Te Aro: “Family, friends, food.”

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