The almost annual matra that Christmas is becoming more commercialised/ commodified/ excessive/ consumer driven/ any other criticism is something that most partake in.
It could even be suggested that age is critical in this, with your number of years being directly proportional to the number of times you say that Christmas is not how it used to be. Having done so, we then reflect on some idyllic Christmas past that was much better than any Christmas that we could have today: the Christmas present.
And to prove my point, you have to look no further than the mighty Slade who wholeheartedly agreed when in their Christmas hit, ‘Merry Christmas Everybody’ they noted how:
…your granny always tells ya that the old ones are the best…