Laura Seitz, Deseret News
The Salvation Army kick off the holiday season\'s bell ringing on 200 South and Main Street in Salt Lake City on November 19, 2010. The highly visible red kettles have been a holiday tradition that has served as a symbol of goodwill for more than 100 years.

Christmas is a great time of year. But is it too commercialized?

Christmas has become not a season of giving, love, and togetherness but a holiday of "me, me, me." Kids expect more and parents are ignorant enough to overspend — and thus spoil — to try to create the atmosphere they expect from Christmas. The only problem is that spoiled children and debt do not create an atmosphere of love, giving and togetherness.

Many families spend an average of $854 on Christmas just to give their children all they want. Thus, many months after Christmas are tight. That's not to mention that when children get older, they most remember traditions each individual has.

We need to reinvent the meaning of Christmas.

Brittney Gubler