Episode 68: The Holidays and Commercialism

How is the United States at once the most conservative and commercial AND the most revolutionary society on Earth?
— Christopher Hitchens
I think commercialism helps Christmas and I think that the more capitalism we can inject into the Christmas holiday the more spiritual I feel about it.
— Craig Ferguson

As we conclude the 2015 holiday season, we felt it worthwhile to discuss our modern commercial relationship with these annual celebrations. How do they affect our relationships and perceptions of compassion, generosity and gift-giving? We reflect upon our own experiences with gifts around the holiday season and what they say about us as individuals and as a larger culture.