The joy of christmas

ah yes, Christmas. How I’ve come to loathe it. I really do. I’m sure there are other posts in the archive that mention my ever increasing dislike of Christmas and they might even say the same thing… maybe, you’ll just have to see ๐Ÿ™‚

That being said, this year has been ok on the christmas front. Most probably because I didn’t go anywhere near a mall for the last 3 to 4 weeks. That might be my biggest hate about christmas, the increasing crowds! People get so rude and inpatient this time of year. Who would have though it is meant to be about love and family?

It really isn’t, is it? That is #2 on the ‘What I hate about christmas’ list… the commercialism. I remember one year, gearing up for christmas and watching Carols by Candlelight and just feeling disgusted about what christmas has become. I’m sure it hasn’t changed a lot but I had only just realised that the real meaning of christmas now seems to be how much people can spend on ‘loved’ ones. How much can retailers squeeze out of consumers by making them think they just need to buy a little more.

When you get down to it, who actually enjoys the entire christmas period? All you hear is how no one has done their christmas shopping and money will be tight because of all the gifts and food they need. Looking from the outside in, christmas is a lot of stress! Stress about presents, stress about christmas lunch, stress about christmas day guests, people staying over… and etc. where is the fun in all that?

Over the years I’ve been saying how I will no longer celebrate christmas but this or that person always drag me back ‘Christmas wouldn’t be the same without you’. Not this year though, no presents, no cards, no nothing! Finally, no obligation to go see people I don’t like or really know. Why should I spend christmas with family who I only see AT CHRISTMAS? I’d prefer to spend it with the people I actually like.

So this year, I enjoyed myself. I did what I wanted, when I wanted it and ate whatever I liked, even if it wasn’t considered ‘christmas’ food. When did christmas get a food type? I really don’t understand why thousands (or millions) of Australians eat roasts on Christmas day… the tar is melting on the roads outside it is that hot so why not roast a turkey? Sure!

That being said… it rained all day today ๐Ÿ™‚ I can’t remember the last time it rained on christmas. It feels amazing to not be cooped up in a hot house with people I don’t like but instead watching the rain falling out my window.

Now to enjoy the next 3 days off. Yes, the best thing about christmas? Public Holidays ๐Ÿ˜‰

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