I am not a Christmassy person. Not that I’m a scrooge. It’s just that:
- Vendors displaying their towers of gift hampers & stuffed turkeys seems quite far fetched from the original significance of the day.
- It doesn’t snow here during Christmas. Well, there’s no snow in this part of the world during any other time of the year for that matter. So all this commercialised conjecture of a white christmas and a Santa Claus wrapped up in his warm red outfit just doesn’t gel with the heat and humidity.
- Over-consumption of wrapping paper! Not baulking at the idea of giving and receiving. But do we really need to consume more paper by using gift-wrapping service? How about recycling paper? Or be more innovative in wrapping, using items found at home.
Using old newspapers, twigs and foil wrap. I kid you not.
Using old clothing:
Using leaves. Yes, those green things that fall off from trees. Again, I kid you not.
But I digress! What I meant to say was: there is at least one good in all this commercialisation – a helpful reminder that it’s a public holiday, and hence, a day of rest!
Anyway, as I said before, I’m not a Christmassy person. But it just so happened I’m having a potluck gathering at my place on Christmas. Yes, it’s a day when all of us are free from our usual obligations, and the next day happens to be on a Sunday (yay! no need to go to work!) So if you have nothing to do and would like to meet some warm and friendly people, do drop by!
And if I don’t see you, well, here’s wishing you happy holidays! May the new year bring much peace and happiness!