1 more week till Christmas!
1 more week till the awesome Christmas Eve dinner and, of course, the opening of the presents!
I am not the first one to say it. Now will I be the last one: Christmas = consumerism, and this phenomenon is distroying the true spirit of this holiday, a lot of our moral values and THE ENVIRONMENT.
I am not proposing to cancel Christmas. Apart from the original spiritual/religious part of this holiday, it is also a reason for families to come together and celebrate in peace and harmony, a reason for people to remember that they have to be good to one another.
However, it is sad that we as humans need such a holiday to be reminded that family is important and that we have to be kind. It is sad that material presents bring us joy. It is sad that we ponder for weeks about the perfect Christmas gift and that we spend loads of money on it. It is sad that we don‘t even think that maybe a THANK YOU or a I LOVE YOU would and should sufice.
I would cancel capitalist Christmas for adults but not for kids. Kids should get their gifts and should experience the magic of this holiday, in all its forms, because I believe it is vital for their psychological development.
That being said, because I do not have children yet, I would cancel:
– the big, fancy, Christmas tree; I bought a 7-dollar little, artificial tree, which I hope will last me a lifetime; no new decorations needed and we are saving a lot of electricity, because we are using only one, 1 meter long Christmas lights;
– the presents! Like, for real? How many of us wait till Christmas to get something they really need? I buy my stuff when I need it/want it/can afford it. If my washing machine breaks down in January, I won‘t wait another year till I get myself a new one; so, what now? Guess you have already seen the video. The husband was not so thrilled about the idea, but in the end he understood what I meant. I shared the thought with many colleagues and they also thought it was brilliant and some will do the same.
What are Christmas presents anyway? Stuff we need or stuff we think we need but then never end up using and thus end up in the trash? I don‘t need this holiday to get a romantic expensive gift from my husband. A nice candle light dinner and a Netflix or Amazon movie is all I need.
What are you doing this Christmas? Let‘s chat throught the comments!
Have a nice and relaxing holiday!