So here are some reasons why to love and hate Christmas. You may relate to some of these, you may not. But however you feel about Christmas, the reality is that as with anything, Christmas is what you make of it.
So let’s start on a high with a reason I love Christmas.
Love – It brings people together.
- Whether it’s forced, whether it happens on 25th December or another date nearer, people make the effort to come together at Christmas. Family, friends, neighbours, communities, they all come together to celebrate and marvel in the wonder of Christmas.
Hate – Christmas isn’t a happy time for everyone.
- For some it reminds them all too brutally of those they have lost. Those who are no longer around the dinner table.
- Then there are those who are homeless and desperately ill. For them can often just be another day of despair. Although many people now commit their time and efforts towards helping the homeless, I’m in no doubt that these services are likely oversubscribed. There are people who miss out and suffer the same as every other day.
- Not to forget the amazing people who work in our public services on Christmas Day, nurses, police and alike. They all give up their Christmas Day to be there to look after you and keep you safe.
Love – presents.
- In recent years I haven’t received as many presents. What with me being a grown up and all. We all often mutually agree to just buy for the children. It’s much cheaper and we both come from a family of many siblings.
- Niece and nephew count this year is up to 12! (Edit for Chrimbo 2018!) But when the unwrapping commences I just love to see the smiles on their faces.
- Hubby usually buys me something and our parents often disobey the rules claiming that technically we are their children so we receive gifts from them. I love buying, receiving, wrapping and giving presents though.
Hate – presents.
- Yes unfortunately as much as I love them, I also hate them. The insistence that something MUST be bought for people.
- I overheard a woman in the queue in M&S saying to her elderly mother, “Eugh, I’ve GOT to get you something yet!”. Talk about take the spirit out of Christmas!
Love – The food!
- Oh the food! Without meaning to cause offence to anyone, I have always described myself as a fat girl in a not so fat girls body. Although trust me as I age and my metabolism slows, that and I sit on my arse a lot. I’m getting fatter all the time.
- Nonetheless I love using Christmas as an excuse to overindulge in all the yummy food. Just forget about points and calories and whatever else people worry about and eat, eat, eat.
Hate – The food!
- You’re seeing a trend here aren’t you. I love my food. I would even describe myself as a bit of a foodie. But my word, I didn’t realise I was a fussy eater until I thought about all the traditional Christmas food.
- Christmas pudding, mince pies, parsnips, mulled wine! Yuk! I hate them all. Then there’s the weight gain. As much as I spend Christmas minus my conscience, as soon as it’s over I feel bloated and dare not even look at the scales. The detox and healthy eating plans commence for all of 4 days until New Years and it all starts again.
Hate – The Money it costs
- Ok so you could argue that you know that Christmas is coming each year. So technically you could put some money by each month, but even this is a hardship for some.
- Christmas is an expense that leaves some feeling stressed or in unnecessary debt. And you could say that these people are silly to overstretch themselves but we have created a society where some kids are getting the latest technology or the must have toy for Christmas.
- Most parents don’t want their child to feel like they are missing out or not “good” enough. A lot of emphasis seems to be placed on the gifts you get depending on how well-behaved you have been throughout the year when in fact it’s what your parents can afford.
Love – The Parties
- The obligatory Christmas work do. Despite being a stay at home mum, I still get invited to the works do where I used to work.
- It’s food, drink, dancing and silliness and it’s the only time of year it seems to happen.
- In recent years and more and more of my friends have become mummies, it’s become harder to get us all together for an evening out. Christmas seems to force this and for this reason. I love it.
Love – Father Christmas aka Santa aka St Nick.
- The man of many names, many a disguise and many a location. He seems to crop up in more and more places and I love him for it.
- I love the notion of a magical land where the toys are lovingly made and distributed by the fabulous man himself. I love visiting the grotto with my now four year old and knocking on his door waiting to see him.
Hate – Father Christmas aka Santa aka St Nick.
- There doesn’t seem to be a place now that isn’t cashing in on this guy. He’s cropping up in schools, supermarkets, pubs, garden centres, aquariums, even the Zoo!
- I’m sure there wasn’t this many a Father Christmas when I was a little un. If anything I feel it spoils the magic. You can take your child to see Father Christmas and as you are leaving you bump into another.
- Thankfully George was still too young to notice but a few years ago we visited the Winter wonderland at Centreparcs with my brother-in-law and his children.
- Their little boy was 4 at the time and went in before us. When we both came out and looked at our photos with Father Christmas, my nephew pointed out that ours looked different. There was two FC’s operating at the same time in rooms next to each other!
- For this reason I have imposed a strict “one grotto a year” rule for George. If nothing but to try to keep him believing just that little bit longer. Kids are growing up wayyyyyy too fast these days as it is!
So there you have it. Do you agree or disagree with any? Are there any big ones you think I’ve missed? Feel free to share with us. This list expresses how I feel personally about Christmas.
Wishing you all a very Happy 2016 Christmas and a prosperous and healthy new year. X
Until next time……