A few years ago, I wrote a blog (which I’ve since deleted) which basically slagged Christmas off. I went on about how commercial it all was, and how I hated everything about it. It was a rant, and it caused some controversy – some people loved it, others called me cynical and a scrooge.
For several years, I refused to celebrate Christmas; I didn’t want the tacky decorations, and I didn’t agree with all the money spent on gifts or the gluttony of the food and drink consumed. I treated it as any other day and I rolled my eyes at all the Christmas-lovers …
So what about now? Well, now I see things a little differently. I still think Christmas is too commercial. I still think there’s too much pressure on people to spend lots of money and eat lots of food and see relatives that they don’t necessarily want to.
But, what I’ve realised as I’ve gotten older is this: things are rarely black and white. Back in my 20’s, I thought if I couldn’t see proof of God, he didn’t exist (and I’m still not religious, but as David Attenborough put it; an ant doesn’t know we are watching it going about it’s business … so how do we know for sure that nothing is watching us?) and I thought that if I wasn’t religious, then why celebrate something that, when you take away the religion, is just about over-indulging in presents and food, with pressure to see relatives? (sorry, family, I love you all, honest)
But now I think Christmas is a time to take a step back from life. To spend it with your family and friends. To spoil them (just a little). To relax and take time to think about the year you’ve had, and the year ahead.
Speaking of which, I’ve neglected my blog somewhat lately. One of my 2015 goals is to blog more often! So catch you again soon.