Yes, it’s that time of year again. City streets are heaving with shoppers and adorned with lights. Homes are being decked with horrific messy, sparkly, dangling dust collectors and everyone is full of spirit and ‘magical’ excitement. Well, maybe not everyone, not me that’s for sure, or is it….
Personally I am firmly in the ‘bah humbug’ camp on this one. Yeah I’m going to follow ‘tradition’ and cover my house (inside only) with the typical tree, lights, tinsel and Christmas decorations – why? because of the children. Don’t want them to feel left out of what everyone else is doing, even if I don’t believe in it.
It’s not that I don’t believe because I’m not religious, to be honest I don’t see Christmas as a religious celebration, or at least not a ‘Christian’ celebration. Sorry guys, but the Christians have adopted a celebration that was around a long time before their faith even existed! and seriously, do you actually think Jesus was born in December? – oh dear! Come on read your own bible folks – the evidence in there is clear that it was spring… but hey that’s only a tiny part of the whole debate!
I’m not going to go into the whole debate in detail as a quick Google search will provide you with all the answers you need. I’ll even give you a point in the right direction – this History site has a great deal of information about the origins of Christmas and all that goes along with it, from the Christmas Tree, to gift-giving, to good ol’ Santa himself.
Basically the truth of the matter is that Christmas is a combined celebration of many different religious and traditional beliefs and habits. None actually having greater weight than the other in modern life.
In fact the thing that has the greatest weight is probably COMMERCIALISATION. Yes, Christmas is more a commercial act than anything else today. Any ‘true’ meanings have long been lost to the overburdening ‘cost’ of Christmas.
AND ‘this’ is why I hate it. Families are under pressure to spend beyond their means, give cards and gifts to family, friends, colleagues and people they have barely seen or spoken to all year, in the name of what? ‘Christmas’ come on, gimme a break!
Children gleefully open their ‘advent calender’ doors everyday from the 1st of December snaffling down the chocolate contained within – ermm advent started on 27th November this year, you know the ‘first Sunday of advent’ but hey, that’s just the religious bit, I’m not religious so heck you go ahead and celebrate advent as though it starts on the 1st of December – who am I to spoil a childs fun, not like they need to know the truth at all!? and Yes, our kids have advent calendars too
I hate the expense of Christmas, I hate the overcrowded shops, I hate that everything closes down for several days, I hate that there is no-where to go and nothing to do because Christmas has overrun all normal activities. I hate the enforced family get-together’s, if we really wanted to spend that much time with each other wouldn’t we do it anyway rather than in the name of ‘exchanging presents’?
And yet, each and every year without fail I bite my lip, hold my tongue, knuckle down and prepare that massive roast dinner for the family. I wrap those presents, decorate that tree and shuffle in the hoards of people to get those gifts everyone is so desperate to receive. In doing this I make a few people happy, namely the children (and even though they are now almost adults, my eldest still love it too – I’m amazed my cynicism hasn’t yet rubbed off on them!) Maybe I do a better job of acting like all this is fun than I thought! lol
This year we have the added bonus on no longer needing to pretend that Santa brings the children gifts as the youngest has informed us that she has ‘known for ages that Santa isn’t real, but didn’t want to break the bad news to us’ but she got so sick of us going on about him she just had to tell us! lmao, I love it when the kids finally discover these truths – first step on the road to enlightenment (or should that be first step towards cynicism? hehe)
Well, I’m sure I’ve offended enough people with my anti-Christmas view now, so I’m off to do more of that play acting as we are putting the Tree up today being the first weekend of December – thankfully at least I no longer have to put up with being given hell for letting the kids do this. Their father used to go mad at me because he wanted to put it up Christmas Eve and subject them to the same torture his parents subjected him to of being the only family ‘not’ to have the tree up, he said he liked to see their faces when they got up and saw it all on Christmas day, but kids love MORE being part of it – so despite the backlash I would always suffer, I put the kids needs first and let them decorate the house at the beginning of December. The looks on their faces on Christmas morning were still excited, and full of joy – because of the presents! Things like the decorations didn’t matter to them on that day. Thus, in letting them decorate the house before they had more days of fun and excitement rather than just a single day!
Now, that’s what Christmas is all about – to me at least – the children… their happiness is the only reason I endure the whole thing at all, okay so maybe that’s not so bah humbug after all? 😉
MERRY CHRISTMAS FOLKS!