So you think it’s Bah Humbug?
December 1, 2013. No comments.
Maybe I sound like a grouch for not wanting to think about Christmas until December. But I did the Maths: For that one month only that’s more than 3-4 years of my life already. Take that back into November and that’s about 7 years. I just don’t want to spend that much of my life thinking about shopping and listening to Carols. By the time I’ve done most of my time on earth I’ll have spent about 15 years doing just that.
Don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas for bringing loved ones together and making us stop and cosy up with good food and pretty lights…I just have other things I want to do.
Quite honestly a week each year is enough and I’m pretty sure if it wasn’t for the shocking commercialisation of the season that would be about it. Why do we have to be ready long before that? Shouldn’t the process itself be part of the fun? There’s actually something quite lovely and magical about decorating the tree and chilly Christmas markets and making cakes together. My first proper boyfriend went busking all day in the cold one Christmas eve so he could buy me a musical jewellery box before the shops shut. I was 16 and that’s pretty romantic.
But no, the ones with the brownie points have their presents all wrapped in perfectly smooth paper whilst the bonfires are still smouldering from Guy Fawkes night.
Here’s a suggestion. Why not buy from independent people who have been busy making stuff all year round? Perhaps a CD which you can play when the family arrive for dinner from an artist in your town or in your Facebook network?? (I would say that wouldn’t I!), or order something from your friend who knows how to make preserves or knit a really cool teacosy.
For those who have been asking (Thank you!) Winter Wonderband is taking a year off due to being busy with other projects but hopefully we will be back in full force next year. We’ll put some new vids up on the Facebook page to get you in the mood. Probably over Christmas week when I will be thinking about such things….
Until then, don’t stress. It really isn’t worth it. Just prioritise as best you can and remember, in a months time none of it will matter any more.