Vintage Voice

Unearthing Classic Articles from Previous Issues of The Voice Magazine

As the holiday shopping frenzy escalates, we glance back at some articles that looked askance at the consumerism of Christmas.

Don’t get me started about the chestnuts.  b.e. hydomako muses on the meaning of the holiday known as Christmas, and tries to get past the consumerism to the human connections.  “But no, the important part, even if there is the occasional stress, tension, or social faux-pas, is that we make a concerted effort to get along, to make the season bright, to see the tree tops glisten and hear children in the snow. Or something like that.”  Christmas Clichés and Contradictions, December 18, 2002.

Surviving the (supposedly) most wonderful time of the year.  Rebecca Brewer recalls last year when she tried to fit in shopping after mid-December exams, and vows to do better this year.  “But, as I’m sure you know, malls are mean and nasty places in December.   ‘Tis the season for stealing parking spots and being a big hurry.”  Christmas Clichés, November 18, 2005.