Several photographs from a Boston Globe slide show remind us that Christmas isn’t just a season or a sentiment, it’s also an imperative to spend and an opportunity to make money.

Amazon.com expects this year to be their busiest ever. This 800,000 square foot Amazon.com “fulfillment center” in Swansea, Wales is one of six such centers in the U.K.:

Germans are expected to buy about 29 million Christmas trees this year, some from this Christmas tree farm in Mellensee:

Jonathan Fernandez, asleep in his parents Best Buy shopping cart at dawn on Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving and the kick-off of the holiday shopping season):

This glass blower, England’s Will Shakspeare, will make over 100 glass baubles a day in anticipation of Christmas sales:

Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College and the author of Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions, with Myra Marx Ferree. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.
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