Here we are, smack dab in the middle of December. Seven days away from the end of the Mayan Calendar, and If you’ve been on the roads or in a parking structure anywhere near any type of shopping, you undoubtedly have noticed most people are on edge. There is an undeniable sense of tension in the air and it doesn’t seem to be people are bothered by the “end of days” ticking ever closer. No, the big stresses on our collective consciousness is . . . Christmas.
The day we celibate a fictional character who will grant us eternal happiness as long as we are good little humans, birth, by telling our children that another different fictional character who will grant them presents if they are good is coming to town. Oh what a wonderfully honest and pure tradition.
The Australian institute's executive director, Richard Denniss, has stated that unwanted presents alone represented a staggering $798 million of wasted money, time and resources. And that is nothing compared to this $6 billion spent every year on Christmas decorations, trees, and who can forget the Christmas flower poinsettias.
So the obvious question becomes what does $6 billion get you? Well here’s a short list of just a few things to start:
139,000 + School Teachers.
3,750,000,000 Meals for the homeless.
697 Days of National Parks Service Expenses.
600,000,000 Saved From Malaria.
Keep in mind this is just 1 year of Christmas trees, decorations and flowers, in five years we could hire 695,000 teachers for instance.