Niagara Gazette


December 16, 2012

DAVIS: How Amazon ruined Christmas


Niagara Gazette — I don’t mean to be the Andy Rooney of Christmas and complain about how things were so much better in the past; they weren’t that great (see: having to drive through snow storms) and in a lot of ways Christmas is much better now than it was circa the filming of “A Christmas Story” (see: wearing sweatpants all the time), but we’re nearing the final countdown to Christmas and I have heard José Feliciano’s timeless Christmas classic, “Feliz Navidad” a grand total of zero times this year. I’m sure many would agree that this is nothing short of a tragedy.

The world gets smaller every year and the pace of life seems to get faster every day. It feels like Justin Bieber has released more Christmas albums than there are Christmas songs and yes, if you slept in on Black Friday you’ve probably missed your only chance to be a part of a potential riot where the average age of participants is over 30.

There’s a lot to keep up with, but Christmas is not lost, there is still hope.

As we near the part of “The Twelve Days of Christmas” where things start to get increasingly weird (‘ten lords-a-leaping’?) take a day and just sit in traffic while the radio plays nothing but Christmas carols on every station, run out to the mall on Christmas Eve for a last second bargain, watch “A Christmas Story” on the 24-hour TNT marathon, complete with commercials instead of just watching it on Blu-ray, and most importantly, take some time to hug the people closest to you and remind them that you love them.

Remember: Amazon wrapping paper is the same color every day, but Christmas comes but once a year.

Vincent Davis II is a Cornell graduate, DJ, and market development specialist in the IT industry. He can be contacted at

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