And so it is, just like that, it’s December again. It has not been that long ago since I packed the decorations away from last year…
Reading the blog by the Minimalists, prompted me to have to think about Christmas; the good and the bad.
I know that the countdown has began and so with it, has the race to produce the best Christmas ever in the shortest possible time.
I hear simultaneously, how much everybody loves Christmas, but also how expensive Christmas is getting. In my mind, the only people that make the festive period expensive, is us. Gone it seems are the days, that we celebrated it for more humble reasons.
Now, I am potentially portraying myself as a bit of a bar humbug, as I find the whole month of December utterly overwhelming and try to avoid it as much as possible. Having said that, there are some things I do quite like.I love the odd party or two, eating great food, I actually don’t mind Christmas music and may even have a dedicated playlist. I like a day time nap and have learnt to tolerate my home resembling a Santa’s grotto for a whole month.
What I can’t get my small mind around and what upsets me greatly is panic buying gifts. In essence, it really difficult not to, as it seems that we have temptation thrown at us from everywhere. I see “festive” gift boxes in the chemist, the supermarkets are burgeoning with bargain buys that we will NEVER be able to get again. I have had SO many beautifully presented catalogues sent to me in the post from companies I have never heard from before.
It has been relentless.
It upsets me, that we can’t say no to our children, but instead we will get into debt, so that we don’t disappoint them. We buy and receive gifts from people that we don’t interact with for the rest of the year as, this is our way of keeping in touch. Surely there is a better way?
Yet, we hide away from what is actually happening in our world, we have become a nation of food banks, we turn our heads the other way when we see a homeless person. We find it difficult to smile at anyone and to say hello, in the fear that they speak to us.
With this in mind, I will definitely be thinking about how I can make this a more festive month for the right reasons and to see what I can carry on doing throughout the year.