Faculty Comment on Christmas

From: The Globe and Mail (Toronto, ON)

Knox College psychology professor Tim Kasser is interviewed for an article, “How can I have Christmas without the clutter?” Craig and Marc Kielburger, founders of Free the Children and Me to We, write: “In theory, Christmas is about time spent with loved ones, not great deals on electronics. Yet, in reality, many of us struggle with the holiday paradox of giving to others without succumbing to the trappings of mass consumption…

This week we asked experts: How do we reconcile the holiday spirit of giving with the avoidance of material excess? Tim Kasser, author of The High Price of Materialism — ‘My academic analysis shows that people report the highest holiday well-being when they de-emphasize the materialistic aspects of the season and instead focus on being with their families and practising their religion.’…” Read more…