I’d have to say probably not – things will go wrong!
Someone will forget to buy batteries for the toys they bought. The yorkshire puddings will fail to rise (as they always do when you have guests!) The cat will pull the carefully placed garland off the bannister rail. Illness will reduce the house to a snivelling flu centre demanding only hot lemon and honey and refusing to eat all the yummy things you have cooked. Someone will start a row about an ancient family dispute. The dog will cock his leg against the Christmas tree and one of the children will fall over in their new “heelie” trainers and need to go to A&E with a suspected fracture
(N.B some but not all of these things have happened in my Christmas past…… ok well all of them, but on the same year!)
Christmas is a traditionally stressful time of year. There is a lot of pressure on people to fulfil a role, adhere to a stereotype and present the right image to the world at large.
Why should we? And I don’t just mean mothers (lets not get the whole making jam vs. feminism debate going again) I’m talking about everyone. We all feel the pressure to confirm and perform.
Well in this house we refuse to to bow down to this pressure! We will not conform to this image of the perfect Christmas. We will do as we like and to hell with the consequences.
Our Christmas dinner will be lasagne, green salad and crusty bread. None of really like turkey, I’m the only one who eats brussels sprouts or Christmas pudding and a roast dinner would put me in the kitchen all day instead of enjoying myself! And anyway – we like lasagne!
The house won’t be ladened with heaps of expensive presents, electronic gizmo’s and computer games. There will be a present each for the 3 of use and then a shoe box each – filled with silly goodies from the local charity shops just to make us laugh. We have set a £10 limit and it has to fit in the box. We’ve done it before and loved it. Causes huge amounts of laughter and gives money to a good cause, so win win. When we visit family they will each be given a hamper, a jar of something homemade and some yummy chocolates or biscuits, alongside a token handmade gift. And why? because we don’t have the money for lavish gifts, but most importantly, we don’t believe it’s about the size of the gift – it should be about the thought that goes into it.
I guess the season is about religion, but for those if us who don’t have a religious conviction (and yes I include myself in this number) it should be about family, and care and joy. Not money, and food and excess.
Throw off the shackles of conformity, do as you please this season, because the perfect Christmas is about one thing only – and that thing is for you to decide, it’s not about what a pre packaged, supermarket, retail led advertising campaign tells you it is!
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