Welcome to my December entries! I usually create my monthly intro posts very early on each month but I’m writing this a little late this month (I can’t quite believe it’s already the 17th!). I do, however, have a few posts drafted already and they’ll likely be up soon, or at least before Christmas Eve.
December always seems to be the busiest month out of the year for everyone; the rush to make sure all of the gifts on your list for each family member and friend have been purchased and wrapped, making sure all the food has been purchased and that all the Christmas cards have been written and mailed in good time and so on. Very thankfully, I’m all set for the day but I know an awful lot of people who aren’t anywhere near ready!
I was shopping in Oxford Street earlier this week and whilst walking around the thoroughly packed and elaborately decorated shops, I was wondering if Christmas has become a little too commercialised and where this may lead some years down the line. I emphatically agree that we should all gain pleasure through the exchange of beautiful, thoughtful gifts and attendance or organisation of lovely parties; it’s all great fun and really fab for the Soul, but the glossy adverts in the media trouble me somewhat and I can’t quite put my finger on why this is. I wonder if they seem a little too directed towards the Self.
Perhaps the real meaning of Christmas has been diluted or even lost to some extent. When I was growing up in the 80’s and 90’s, I recall that Christmas seemed to be a lot more about sharing good times with friends and family – about catching up through the exchange of Christmas cards that occasionally even contained relatively detailed hand written letters from relatives abroad and friends outside London.
Most of the relatives who used to write such lovely letters have sadly since passed away and this year, for the first time ever, I really feel the onus in the media is almost purely to simply spend as much money as possible on gifts, food, decorations and other items for the holiday period.
Whilst this is the most important time of year for retailers and you can’t blame them for a steep increase in their advertising campaigns, it’s a little disappointing to be bombarded with them constantly, everywhere I look throughout the holiday period and I think this is, in part, why I feel this time of year has now become overtly and overly commercialised.
However, whatever the media puts in front of us each Christmas, those of us who feel that this time of year should be more about relaxing and spending more time with friends and family, will simply do that and, for the most part, ignore the media hype or just take away the most enjoyable parts of it such as favourite TV programs, old films and so on.