Yikes! Where did the year go?
It seems impossible that we are now middle of December heading for Christmas Day.
Talking of Christmas many views are put forward that we should not celebrate Christmas because (a) we do not know when Jesus was born, (b) Christ-Mass is related to Mass, death, so we seem to be celebrating Christ's death, as in Merry Death and (c) it is a pagan festival of Yule Tide that Christianity adopted in order to convert and subvert. I veer towards celebrating the notion of Jesus' birth and the seriousness of why he was born. I also like festivals and celebrations so celebrating Seasons and giving "alms" to those less well of or lucky or suppressed by the powerful elites and the spreading of cheerful messages is good by me.
The commercialism of Christmas makes me baulk. So many families go into debt just to buy expensive presents for their children. The word presents should be present. And children learn values from understanding need and want and not being able to afford the latest and greatest. I want it all and I want it now has been the destruction of servility of the family, community and society.
I understand parents want to do well by their children but sensible attitude and boundaries have to be maintained and even explained. One good present or several smaller and cheaper presents should be good enough for any child. Loads and loads is not good. Not even for the rich to indulge in! As they create spoilt little boys and girls like the Cameron's and the Osborne's (George Gideon not Sharon and Ozzy).
So my wish for this Christmas is less commercial and more spiritual or social giving. Less people getting into unnecessary debt and more people relaxing with a nice simple but tasty meal with the family.
Merry Christmas & Happy Yule Tide.