Could it be the same Christmas classic music you just cannot escape this time of the year that is leaving a bad taste in my mouth about this season? On the topic of malls, Dave Barry once said that Christmas is a deeply religious time that we all observe, in our own way, by going to our mall of choice. Funny, true and sad all at once. Most people do have the best intentions in mind to brave the craziness of a mall this time of the year. It is just the marketing gets in the way of what the meaning should be of Christmas. Can it be the whole Christmas mall thing that is the problem? Oliver Mally summed it up when he said that Christmas used to be a good idea till somebody came up with the idea of giving presents to others. The initial idea being, that there should be at least a day in the year when we remind ourselves that service to others and gratitude is how we pay our rent for being here on earth.
Dr Seuss’s Grinch who stole Christmas could just be the ultimate Father Christmas if it comes down to it. Consumerism has taken away some of the soul and significance of the season. But then we are, at the end of the day, flawed by nature. Both for the entertainment of others because lets face it, we have all seen how boring the world would be if The Truman Show was the perfect world we lived in. And then also because that is what makes us human, perfect in our imperfection.
"Christmas to me it seams is a necessary festival; we require a season when we can regret all the flaws in our human relationships: it is a festive failure, sad but consoling."
In the spirit of doing things for the correct reason over this festive season, I've done some Christmas Googling. What I've found was fascinating. Take boxing day for example. Who knew something good came out of the Middle ages. Boxing day it seems, was the day that the churches of the time opened the Christmas day collection boxes to distribute the contents thereof to the poor. Learn something everyday. My ignorance has been bliss for some time now it would seem.
If there is one thing that has put a smile on my face the last few days, was with what randomness you see people wear a Christmas hat. From a person just going for his morning run, to cyclist and even just getting groceries from the store. It must be really confusing for kids though. Aren't we taught that there is only one real Santa, and all the of the sudden there are millions of them running around? Anything that puts a smile on peoples faces is worth supporting and the look on kids faces are priceless.
This blog is the first of hopefully many ways that I can express gratitude for over this festive season.Ten months ago I've embarked on this blog journey. The support, likes, conversations and awesome other blogs that I have discovered from followers continues to be a blast. Even if this is my first Christmas blog, everyday of blogging has been Christmas. I have discovered amazing people that have inspiring stories on their quest through the world. Complete strangers, who take the leap and put their ideas out there for the world to see. With a hope always, that if it even just help one person who reads it, the effort is worth it. To all these people, I salute you today and remember come what may tomorrow, there will be Christmas dammit..