The Big-Business of Christmas
Christmas is my least favorite holiday, especially considering the BIG-BUSINESS aspects of the entire affair. This is why I no longer celebrate this holiday. And, once the astrotheological aspects of the holiday are factored, it is easy to see what a fraud this whole day is!
THE BIG-BUSINESS OF CHRISTMAS
When I was in college in the early 1980's, I worked at International Retailer RADIO SHACK. It was while working there that I first heard that retail stores account for a full 50% of their yearly gross sales during the approximate six weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas to the last day of the year. This astounded me at the time, however, it also helped me to understand the BIG BUSINESS OF CHRISTMAS. For those who work in the retail sector under commission, this six weeks at the end of the year is the only time during the year when any serious amount of money is made.
Here are some facts about CHRISTMAS that you might not have known about:
Each year, beginning in February and lasting six months, 30.8 million toys and other low-cost Chinese knock-offs (such as the fake RUBIK'S CUBE) are produced at Chinese factories, for a fraction of the cost they would take to manufacture those same items in the United States. This is a result of so-called FREE-TRADE which has decimated the manufacturing sector in the USA -- which is likely to never return to these shores.
The retail sector makes 50% of the gross sales and net income from BLACK FRIDAY until the end of the year -- December 31st. This is WHY we see holiday decorations in the store before Labor Day (the first Monday in September). There is quite a bit riding on this holiday, which is responsible for a good or bad year -- depending on whether sales are good or not.
The total economic impact of Christmas in the USA on an annual basis is $27.5 BILLION DOLLARS.
For the past twenty-five years (1982-2007) -- holiday-themed Hollywood films have brought in $1.7 BILLION in box-office revenues. DISNEY is the leader of this genre, by the way. With their roster of animated characters, plus their live-action films through their TOUCHSTONE label, DISNEY has quite a bit to pick from to produce these films -- Mickey Mouse and The Santa Clause's Tim Allen chiefly among them.
Each fall season, 3.4 million handmade gifts are made in factories in Eastern Europe -- at a cost that is less than what it would take to produce these same items in the United States. This includes, wooden toys of all types, which are then slapped with the label of American corporations, to give the impression that they were MADE IN THE USA, when in fact, they were anything but ...
After all these gifts were produced, they are sent to the 100 regional distribution centers throughout the United States. Most of these are in the northeast and southern United States -- where the highest concentration of the 303 million U.S. population is located.
42.4 million of the nation's 56.5 million children under the age of thirteen celebrate the holiday. This is the equivalent of 34 million toys which are given as gifts. These 34 million gifts require 68 million square feet of warehouse storage space -- the equivalent of 4.76 Chrysler Buildings or 7.9 World Trace Center Towers filled with NOTHING but children's gifts!
The total annual cost of all this is $27.5 BILLION DOLLARS ...
These are the reasons for all the high commercialization of the Christmas holiday -- the value it brings to the corporate bottom line. This is WHY we see these corporations push this holiday season back further and further into the late summer and early fall.
Everyone I know in my economically-depressed area of Buffalo, NY USA has given up on gifts for everyone BUT their children. I have cut back on my own gift giving -- I give to my young son -- and that is about it. With the high-level of commercialism and corporatism behind the holiday -- most everyone I know is BURNED-OUT on what I call X-MA$.
And who can blame them?!
Especially when the Christmas holiday is now largely MADE IN CHINA ...
© 2007 Kentroversy Papers
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The following sources were used in the creation of this Kentroversy Paper . . .
WIRED Magazine 15.12 (December 2007) - Operation Christmas, pgs. 52-54 (fold-out)
Arowolaju, Dr. Samuel Bayo - The Fallacies of Christmas (January 9, 2007)
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