With the Christmas holiday just a week away, many Americans are looking forward to the annual festivities associated with the day. The recurring themes of Goodwill towards men, kindness and charity to neighbors and strangers, and general benevolence to all continue to dominate the holiday even though the religious and Christian significance of the celebrations for many Americans have diminished over the years as overall spirituality and Christianity in the country has declined. While the holiday’s core intentions remain pure, modern celebrations of Christmas have largely devolved into a materialist, consumerist affair. In 2023, it has been estimated that the American public at large has already spent a record-breaking 12 billion dollars in association with the holiday.
While people within the domestic United States are likely seeking to find the good and positive in the nature of the season, the unfortunate reality of life within the Continental Union is poor and troubling. Economically, a recession remains a possibility and inflation that peaked at heights not witnessed in more than four decades in late 2022 remains a potent and crippling factor for the American working class. As prices continue to rise, it is estimated that six out of ten citizens are living paycheck to paycheck.
Paired with these deteriorating economic conditions is the fact that the country remains embroiled in a heated cultural war. While this conflict has largely been “cold”, conservatives and progressives have battled with each other and the bedrock foundations of national culture and traditions have been questioned. This skirmish has entered the American public school system. Since 2020, many American students have experienced widespread learning loss due to the pandemic shutdowns that resulted in remote learning. It appears that many of the teachers in America’s schools may have ulterior motives and seek to do things that are not in the best interests of children. In California, a substitute teacher was arrested after exposing himself to 6th graders.