Finally, it is December and we can hear Christmas coming with all the jingles bells and whistles.
know about you but I find it stress inducing to have inflatable Christmas chipmunks
greet you at the supermarket during November before the American thanksgiving.
I wonder if
at this time, Mary had even told Joseph she was pregnant, let alone be riding a
donkey to Bethlehem?
inflatables of a big hairy guy in a white fur trimmed red suit and gumboots in
this heat, is another form of weirdness in our tropical November wonderland, and
another stress inducing reminder.
called Santa and all his stories from Santa Claus to St Nicholas all have
derivatives in the northern hemisphere where it is cold and snowing, not hot, dry,
lush and green.
sight of him on the far horizon can put the fear of God into parents as the
expectation and social necessity to buy a volume of unnecessary and unwanted
things to put anonymously into a sack for the children.
morning, they open them at lightning speed, ripping through the costly coloured
paper to exclaim ‘cool’ or ‘aah’, shake it, put it down, and rife through the
rest of them.
pausing at the end of the mayhem to take stock of what Santa has given them and
count how many they got and was that more or less how many they got last year?
successful, they will be happy and excited to now play with the things just
been given to them, or if not, they are keen to get onto the next level of
presents from named givers in the family.
The duty to
provide a vast number of items under the Xmas tree has over the years lost its
full meaning and intention with the commercialisation and race to have the most
books are exchanged on Christmas Eve, then the tradition is to spend the rest
of the night reading and eating chocolate – sounds absolutely perfect.
read that Santa is an image to perpetuate the idea of giving for giving sake,
and once you understand that this image of Santa is real, then it is your duty
to carry on the tradition.
How many years
have parents sat there mutely as children exclaim to great delight what Santa
brownie points have parents given up so that children can believe that someone
would give them something for nothing, except the joy of giving?
When we go Xmas
shopping, are we trying to find something of worth and personal value for the
intended person or are we driven by the value and volume only?
traded in the personal making of something unique for another person for
something off the rack so they look like everyone else?
Are we so
wrapped up in the retail side of Christmas we forget to take the time to
remember those magical moments we can get from showing our good nature to those
people, to get ready for the big day, the large hams, the volume of food and
drink, the endless Xmas parties and last-minute catch ups you promised to do
all year with family and friends.
trees need to be erected, decorated and lit up with lights. Spare mattresses
need to be found and aired for visiting rellies and friends.
favourite Hallmark movies Love Actually, The Holiday are dusted off and
downloaded to be watched for the tenth year in a row to the dismay of children
and husbands alike, who may throw Diehard into the mix.
It is a fun
time and people do relax a little, wearing their reindeer antlers or flashing
into being nice to others does wear off onto others, and can wear off after a
while when standing in the checkout line with tired hungry kids.
So on this
note I say it is three weeks, take it slow, take it down a notch and take your
time to smell the cinnamon and enjoy knowing you live in paradise where no one
is going to bomb your house anytime soon, lack of rain does not mean a lack of
food, and our problem of finding a gift for our mother or significant other
that they will truly like, is way down the bottom of problems to be solved in
this world today.
If you have
food in the fridge, clothes on your back and a roof over your head to sleep,
you are richer than 75 percent of the world. If you have money in the bank and
spare change in a bag you rank among the top 8 percent of the world’s wealthy.
Be thankful and be giving.