Mad About Christmas

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Mad at the fat man in the red suit, he is every where again. The festive season spills forth, spewing the commercialised version of christmas at me from every angle. Santa is a plague on every roof top, building and shopping mall.

Where does one hide at this time of year?

I hate crowds, but not as much as I HATE tinsel, kids love tinsel, there should be a law against it. The problem being people do not know when to stop. It spreads over everything like a weed, only you can’t poison it. By two days in you don’t have to worry because it fades and malts all over the carpet. The amount of money I spend on christmas decorations is minimal, tinsel is something the kiddies crave, they will I hope, grow out of it one day.

If I  go one step further I must admit I do not enjoy christmas department store music. Who does? It finds its way into my flustered mind and gets stuck in my head. I sing on random crazy occasions, long after the visit to the store, unaware of the brain washing I have received. Needless to say my children have a great laugh at my tone-deaf sing-a-long at the kitchen sink.

Why is it at christmas I feel HAD?

Had by the store owners who raise their prices because we, the consumer will stop at nothing to have the perfect christmas and a perfect christmas is a very expensive affair. Especially when your child’s wish list is longer than your arm and filled with all manner of electrical gadgets. Not to mention the giant size bill after I purchase the ham, turkey and extra goodies for christmas lunch.

What is it, about christmas that makes me BAD?

Bad, oh so very Tasmanian Brie bad, I begin stuffing my face in early december, using the excuse that it is almost christmas and I don’t stop until after new years eve. Promising myself a daily workout that does not take place until late July, if at all. Why do I think it is okay to eat all the things I am told are not good for my spiralling cholesterol.

Why is it, at christmas I am SAD?

Sad each year when I notice the people who are missing from my family table, it hurts to be reminded that life is so precious. We all have loved ones we miss at this time. There is no denying it, it is part of life. I try to appreciate who is sitting around my table each year and pray we all return again safe, healthy and happy in the next year. I also cherish my christmas memories the ones where everybody was there, they are gone, but never forgotten.

What is it about christmas that makes me GLAD?

Glad all over and a sucker for punishment, because I love christmas. Not the commercialism. I love the opportunity to spend time with family and friends. Each year is different in ways I could never imagine. Maybe, as I collect extra wrinkles, I am wiser and find the most important issue is the gathering of the ever-growing clan.

One thing is certain there is no avoiding christmas, whether you love it or hate it…..So have the best festive season you can muster. Fill it with people you care about and sing those carols loud and proud people, for we only have today and next years christmas is never guaranteed.

Ps…..I have to admit I like seeing the fat bloke in the red suit hanging from every rafter.

Although in the town nearest me there is a rebellion going on and Santa has been replaced by Friesian cows. Do please visit Rhonda Ayliffe’s site to see the christmas cows in Cobargo. Quaintly painted cut-out-cows adorned with just the right amount of tinsel. I love them!

 http://rhondaayliffe.blogspot.com.au/2013/12/the-christmas-cows-of-cobargo.html

To all of you who have supported me throughout this year, I wish you a very Merry Happy Safe Christmas.

What do you hate and love about christmas? Share it here. Hopefully I can always find something to love about christmas.

Photo Darling Harbour the reflection on the water from the christmas lights.

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About Kath Unsworth

Everybody has a DREAM. Today is the first day of the rest of my writing life. Its a lonely world out there when you are learning the craft. This year I want to finish my first children's picture book.
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30 Responses to Mad About Christmas

  1. Loving those christmas cows, thanks for showing me :-)
    Yes they will grow out of tinsel. Probably. Mine have.
    I love the smell of a ‘real’ tree but I dislike that it was cut down for this purpose AND I seem to be allergic to the one in our house – first time for everything! coughing, wheezing my way to christmas x

    • Annie I love the cows too and I know what you are saying about allergies I never buy a real tree due to allergies and the idea the tree has to die, although one year we used a small potted pine I loved that. Wishing you peace and happiness my friend.

  2. annepeterson says:

    Kath,

    I love watching the wonder of Christmas through the eyes of a child.
    I love the glow of a candle where you can look inside and imagine the star on that night leading others to a baby.
    I love the fact my Savior was born and will fight to remember that amidst all the noise clamoring for my attention.
    It’s fitting that cows should be decorated. One or two got to see the event firsthand. The rest of us can just wonder how wonderful it truly was.
    God humbled enough to come as a helpless babe.
    And while the empty chairs do signify those no longer here. We can remember they are celebrating as they sit with the one we love, Love himself.

  3. Thanks for sharing. There are things I love and things I dislike about the season. Today? I’m in the opposite hemisphere from you. I love the sense of purpose, the busy-ness, the anticipation of seeing loved ones, of taking a break from the day to day, AS I SHOVEL THE THIRD SNOWSTORM THIS WEEK FROM MY CAR AND DRIVEWAY–IN THE DARK, BECAUSE IT’S PITCH-BLACK EARLY AND IT’S PITCH-BLACK LATE. I truly do understand why it was helpful to turn the winter solstice into a celebration, even before Christianity. Otherwise it’d be all too easy to descend into darkness along with the shortening daylight. Now if only Christmas continued through January and February…;)

    • Marianne as a child I dreamed of a white christmas, all those American TV shows I watched. Yet they never showed the hard stuff like a snow storm. Happy christmas to you thank you for dropping in I appreciate it.

      • Well, to be fair: Snow is magical when you’re a child. A white Christmas is what you dream of, truly, and it isn’t a guarantee everywhere. When enough of it falls, and it’s the right KIND of snow (there are so many varieties), it transforms the landscape and turns the whole outdoors into a fresh, new playground. It’s the part that falls on the passageways that’s a problem, usually dealt with by adults who usually have to go to work regardless of the road conditions.

        Merry (as we say here in the States) Christmas to you and yours!

  4. mewhoami says:

    This is a great list. It is a love/hate relationship. I love the decorations on homes, the feeling of love and joy in the air, and most of all having quality time with family.

    What I don’t like is how commercialized Christmas has become. It’s disappointing to say the least. Plus, it turns people into shopping maniacs. Aside from that, it’ll still be a Merry Christmas.

  5. When I was a little girl, I theorized that the wonder of Christmastime was because it was the one time of year when people who otherwise never gave a thought to the gospel of Christ heard it in Christmas carols. I still feel a growth of love at Christmastime — parents watching their kids in programs and plays, children learning to give instead of get, and a few habitual grouches giving in to the sentimentality of an inspirational holiday movie. And I still do my part to encourage the message of the Carols — because I still believe that this marvelous Love is the real spirit of Christmas.

    • Susan your songs will fill the hearts of a new generation. Brushing aside the madness I remember as a child singing silent night and the midnight mass on christmas eve. It is a glowing memory that feeling of family unison, a loving family wins every time at christmas and the presents were only a small part of the day. Hoping yours is filled to the brim with precious moments of family joy.

  6. Sheila says:

    The thought of a Christmas cow makes me smile. I don’t like shopping at any time of year so that’s probably the part that’s the least fun, even though it’s fun if I can manage to find a perfect gift for someone. I love the snow (sorry you don’t get that this time of year), the Christmas lights that make everything magical, and finally relaxing or collapsing with family after going crazy for weeks beforehand. Hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas!

  7. Hi there Kath! Please forgive me for missing so much of your writing recently. I have truly missed it. Love this piece. I love all the corny Christmas movies. My favorite is Scrooge the 70′s musical starring Albert Finney. Love the story of redemption and it was one of the things my Mom and I did together every Christmas. Don’t have a lot of good memories from childhood, but that is a good one! I don’t like people asking if I got all my Christmas shopping done yet, as if that’s what it’s all about! Love getting together with people over a nice meal and celebrating my birthday, because Christmas day is my birthday. Thanks for sharing and reminding me of what I do love about Christmas!

    • Tammy it must be hard not to have many good memories of christmas, some people take it for granted that christmas is always a happy time, we know it is not all the time. Wishing you peace and love and a BIG happy birthday wish for you. Time is short I understand we cannot keep up with everything all of the time. Nice to see you.

  8. As always I had lots of fun reading this. Even a few belly laughs :-)
    As foe me, quoting a friend who wrote this as part of a song:
    “Christmas comes and Christmas goes, like the melting of the snows
    It passes through our lives so fast you wonder where it goes
    But it’s not about the things you get or what’s underneath the tree
    It’s family, friends and having fun–that’s what Christmas means to me”

    • Maurice Im glad you had a laugh its good for the soul, I love your friends song it is fantastic and spot on for me too! Have a merry christmas from down under. I bet it is cold there. We are heading for a heatwave today.

  9. I hate the commercial side, but not the symbols of tradition, family, joy, understanding. Santa carries that for me, mostly because he’s from such a long-ago time. I hate crowded malls, people with piles of shopping bags, kids in a frenzy over gifts. You get the drift.

  10. Just as the season can be when at its best, there’s something truly magical about the way you view the world. Clearly, in all the hustle and bustle that can be everyday life you’re one person who’s capable of slowing down a step and comprehending the world around her. I do love the festiveness that is the season, but dislike the commercialism that seemingly grows more cutthroat each year. I delight in the magic that dances in children’s eyes and treasure the memories that were my children at Christmas, but sadden a little knowing they’re grown and far away. I’m so proud of the young women they’ve become and that thought warms me, even today when it’s snowing, the wind is blowing, and the temperature is frigid. Have a joyful holiday!

  11. I hate the things you hate about Christmas. I hate that it’s all about buying and doing and running around and stress, and long long lists of things you have to accomplish before this HARD DEADLINE of December 25th. And if you don’t do it, it’s too late. I have so many deadlines in my life as it is, I don’t want Christmas the most joyous time of year, the celebration of the Savior, to be defined by another hard deadline. So this Christmas I kind of slacked off. And I”m okay with that.

    • Kathleen I agree I slacked off to the point where I did not send xmas cards to many and today on christmas day I have a head cold. Im lucky I had my christmas with family a day early today is sleep day, no food oh well….thats life.

  12. Michael Lane says:

    Love your writing style… the use of the “second” voice–for lack of a better term–to interject thoughts and even spin into new topics. Nice.

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