Wednesday, 24 December 2014
I am not a Christmas person. I'm not quite a miserable bah humbug type but I have 'views' about Christmas. Although I have no religious beliefs I am quite happy to accept that other people do. However Christmas seems to have almost nothing to do with religion these days and given how PC we have become as a society I'm surprised that one is even allowed to say 'Happy Christmas'. It would be interesting to know how many people in the UK now know the true significance of Christmas. And no, I don't mean its pagan origins.
It seems to me that what we now really worship is the god of Christmas trade. The news doesn't say anything about how many people went to church but just how much money they have spent in the shops.
Anyway the last time I had a Christmas tree was back in 2004 or 5 when FWKTM brought her children round and made it a condition that I had a tree. I even had three sets of lights on it and lots of baubles. The first set of lights went kaput when I switched them on in the morning. The second went about half an hour before they were due to arrive and the last set went off when they were walking up the drive. The lights were disposed of when the tree came down. I gave the (quite large) tree away after that but kept the decorations for sentimental reasons. I looked at them this Christmas and now they,too, have gone to a more appreciative home.
However I still have two trees and they mean much more to me than any other tree could ever mean. One was given to me by Catriona (my New Zealand Family's daughter) when she was knee high to a grasshopper and she gave me the other more recently. The only decoration I have is my Father Christmas given to me years ago by FWKTM.
So over the next few days I shall enjoy the companionship of friends, eat too much and have to walk the mile home from Christmas Dinner in weather which will likely be less than pleasant.
Anyway for all that I hope that you enjoy your festive season whatever you believe.