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  • Maia,
    Your article on social media and social change was awesome!! I really enjoyed how you referenced TikTok, as that is a newer social media app but is quickly gaining traction in influencing the public. When you stated, “we are educated about concepts beyond ourselves, gaining the ability to understand our privileges and powers and using t…Read More

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    Is Christmas Too Commercialized?

    As soon as the clock strikes midnight on Halloween, stores rush to put away the Halloween decorations, and only moments later, the Christmas decorations are displayed on the shelves. Christmas music is blasted, boring coffee cups are traded for...

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    • Hi Kaileigh,
      I really enjoyed your post. What interested me the most was how you gave a time-line to the way Christmas has been continually commercialized through the years. I think that was a really interesting way to portray your idea that we must reconnect with the true meaning of Christmas, instead of allowing the secular idea of Christmas take over our lives this holiday season. One thing you said that really stands out to me is “Christmas began with a baby in a manger, yet has strayed so far from that in the years followed.” This stood out to me because I think it is a summarization of your whole post; it is a simple sentence but has so much meaning behind it. It shares the materialistic view of Christmas that is held today, yet Christmas began in the humblest manner possible, a baby in a manger. This post reminds me to realize that Christmas is the time to think about what is truly important, rather than get swept into the commercialization and secularism that is encouraged by modern society. Thanks for your project. I look forward to seeing what you write next because you have shown great insight to this topic of Christmas and I think your ideas are worth sharing. I like how you included detail and evidence to support your claim as well, as it created a stronger post.

    • I am fascinated by your writing, “Is Christmas Too Commercialized?” because I feel that no one really cares about the other holidays except for Christmas. I also have noticed that when Halloween is over stores stock up the aisles with Christmas decorations right away. One sentence that you stood out to me was “In a scene from the movie, Charlie Brown is outraged over the overwhelming materialism he sees among everyone during the holiday season, and he needs Linus’ help to learn the true meaning of Christmas is. ” I think this is true because once I now realized that you have to get the most expensive, trendy, popular gift for your loved ones. But Christmas is all about spending and enjoying the day with your loved ones. I feel that everyone lost the true meaning of Christmas. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because this was an interesting topic you wrote.

    • I remember a time where the Christmas season encroaching its way into pre-Thanksgiving November was a SHOCK. Now, it’s pretty much expected that the Christmas season starts on November 1.

      There was a period of my life where I was pretty Grinchy on Christmas, mostly because I thought it was too much. In recent years, I’ve fallen away from this attitude and re-embraced some of the materialistic fun, but it doesn’t hit quite the same note as it did for me as a child. Some potential for a follow-up: can you think of rites or traditions that often mean something different to children, young adults, and older adults? How are these rites perceived and what about changes in the life cycle causes those perceptions to change over time? Is the child’s perception of Christmas (or any rite) really the purest, or can these perceptions, perhaps, get richer over time?

      Interestingly enough, I come from a religious tradition that calls for a more austere Advent period. Like Great Lent– before Easter– in the Orthodox Church, calls for more alms-giving and near-vegan fasting for the 40 days leading up to Christmas. Traditionally, in Orthodox countries, the celebration begins on December 25 and goes through January 6th and 7th (The feasts of Epiphany and St. John the Baptist). Big contrast, now— December 26th is frequently a downer for me, and New Year’s Eve just seems……. lame. Another question to prompt a potential follow-up piece: Do we miss out from a lack of simplicity? Could our revelatory highs be a whole lot richer and more enjoyable if there were time– not just individual time, communal time, to slow down a bit? How much of this slowing down time do we need? For instance, in the Orthodox calendar, there are more days prescribed for fasting than there are non-fasting days. This model isn’t necessarily the answer, in fact, very few people follow these guidelines to the tee, but it certainly makes you wonder. Outside of fasting, what does “slowing down” and simplifying potentially even look like in a 21st century American society?

      Questions to think…. and write!…. about!

    • This post brings up many points that I think many people overlook. Specifically, the idea of Christmas starting the day after Thanksgiving. I think we often forget that there is almost an entire month in between Thanksgiving and Christmas, because we rush into decorating so soon. No other Holiday gets nearly that much celebration before the actual holiday. I also really like the point about materialism taking over. The holidays are supposed to be about celebration and family, and I think we often forget that. I really like the many points you brought up in this post and it is very well-written!

    • The meaning of Christmas has changed over the years. Aside from the religious aspect, this Holiday has moved away from the joys of bringing families together to how many presents are under the tree. Now I’m not saying I don’t love getting gifts, but I feel like we have lost sight of the true meaning of Christmas. Christmas has turned into a way for companies to make a bunch of money selling gifts and Christmas themed goodies. And it is sad to see people worrying if their gift was expensive enough or cool enough for the person they bought it for. I really liked that you addressed this topic because even though it is not spoken about often I believe it is a common thought that has most likely crossed many of our minds especially in the “older generations”.

  • Evelyn,
    I really enjoyed your article on the back and forth that is gender roles and stereotypes. I found your comment, “the stereotype for men should be taken into consideration as well,” very intriguing because in today’s world, many feminists fail to recognize both genders in their argument for equality. I can say for myself that I can get c…Read More

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    Language: The Door to Understanding Between Cultures

    Language is the tool of expression and communication in every society. Whether it be speaking, writing, or listening, language is the key to understanding ourselves and others. In our world today, there are roughly “6900 distinct languages” (Anderson). Language...

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    • Hi Kaileigh,

      I like how you decided to use the topic of the power of language to describe the concept of communicating between cultures. I also like how you make it known that very few are bilingual and that more people need to know the importance of knowing more then one language because it “opens doors between two groups.”

      You also formatted everything so that it is easy for the reader to read. It flows very nicely and you express your ideas in a concise and orderly manner.

      -Maya

  • Dear Brooke,
    I was very interested in reading your article titled “A Call to Pilgrimage.” What intrigued me the most was the fact that you focused on a different aspect of a pilgrimage that many necessarily don’t focus on. Rather than the religious aspect, you voiced a pilgrimage “gives us an opportunity to cleanse our minds and reconne…Read More

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