It’s that time of year again. Trees are going up and decorations adorn. Lights sparkle and blink in the night sky. Presents are wrapped and the stores are raped and rampaged. The larder is stuffed full and the refridgerators are overflowing.
Families rush around finding the perfect gift for the right person. Every moment of Christmas Eve and Day are planned down to the tee. So many rush around from place to place on the day, most of it spent in the car.
Finally we stumble through our own door and collapse into bed, too full to sleep. So much food left over. What will be done with it. Oh well, leftovers for the next week.
But how many of us get ourselves heavily into debt to create the perfect Christmas and fill our children’s Christmas wish lists.
How many of us throw out more food than we could eat, food that has gone to waste when it could have been given to homeless shelters. And how many of us spend this most holy of days alone because we have no family or live too far from family.
How many of us go without food on that day because our luck took a down turn. How many of our elderly are left on their own, struggling to keep warm in the northern hemisphere, or cool in the southern hemisphere.
How many of us have been abandoned by our families because we don’t fit in to what is acceptable according their standards.
How many of us can no longer celebrate Christmas because we have lost too many of our loved ones.
How many of us don’t have children, so there is no point to all the fuss.
I am someone who has been abandoned by what little family I do have left and have lost so many loved ones, that Christmas has lost its meaning to me.
I have found that it has become one big commercial exercise, that has people putting themselves into debt just to make the perfect day. They spend so much and buy so much, it is just all waste to me. When I think of the people who are starving in our cities, and all the gluttonous waste that happens at this time of year.
I watch people rushing around, nerves frazzled, stressed so much. People rushing around in their cars, not paying attention to what they are doing or what is going on around them.
To me it is just another day. This year I have only put up a little tree, because each year it is just a nuisance to drag out all the decorations and unpack the tree. After the day itself, the tree stands unlit and gathering dust, because it is such a pain to pack it all away again.
I don’t begrudge anyone their Christmas day. If it a special day for you then so be it. If you have all your family around you I wish you all the best.
But to me Christmas has lost its sparkle……