Wednesday, December 24, 2008

The true spirit of Christmas

Christmas-LondonWas reading Martin's post on the excesses of Christmas and how it has very little to do with the spirit of the festival. That set me thinking about a news article, which I can't recall the link to, that highlighted the fact that many have resorted to buying Christmas decorations only after Christmas. Simple reason - it's much cheaper that way and the rationale is that the decorations will come in handy next year round.

Perfectly logical in these lean times. A penny saved is a penny earned and that should make you feel better. Or does it?

I've lost count of the number of times when I spent my time anticipating for something and only find it come and go before I can properly savour it. If it is not apparent to everyone else, it's not the Christmas present that matters, it's the anticipation of it that thrills. It's not the turkey that sits in the centre of the dining table but the time spent together preparing the feast and the conversations that you will have with your family and loved ones before and after the meal that matters.
Winter Wonderland at London's Hyde Park
Santa Claus has come to Selfridges
Christmas-London-John-LewisLikewise, the Christmas tree doesn't matter, what matters are the memories of selecting the decorations, the endless bickering over the baubles' colours and the actual installation of the tree, which will remain in your mind long after the tree is gone.

Cutting costs by getting your presents and decorations way beforehand will probably not make you feel better but neither will splurging on unnecessary gifts. Often, it's the intangibles and anticipation that led up to Christmas that matters.

How will you be spending your Christmas?

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Fëanor said...

Very philosophical, old chap! Merry Christmas! I'm in at work today, but aim to nip away soon. No more work this year! Yay! That's what I'll remember from this Christmas ;-)

C K said...

Great to know that I'm not the only one languishing in the office. That's the result of not planning my leave days properly.

Any plans for a short trip during this period? With the pound on parity with the euro, there's not much incentive to cross the channel now, isn't?

lina said...

Christmas tree might not matter, but having one will sure lift up the spirits and anticipation of the celebration, right?

I don't celebrate Christmas, but will be enjoying the day off with some retail therapy. Got my bonus today. Wohooo!!!!

your "Health Assistant" said...

Happy Healthy Holidays to you and your family!!!

ish (healthassistant)

EastCoastLife said...

Wishing you and your family a Merry Xmas!!

irel said...

Merry Christmas!!!

SheR. said...

Oi CK.
Have a great holiday! =)

Yeah I believe Christmas or whatever festivals shouldn't be too much about showing off and stressing yourself out for looking many people realise that?

Cashmere said...

Merry Christmas to you & Happy Holidays! I'm sure the celebration and the festive moods will be great over there.. :)

sasha said...

So true. Merry Christmas! :)

Deb said...

Never had a tree in my house. Do not see the need. Blessed Christmas!

Kriscell said...

Yoz Merry Xmas,

I have an award for you over at my blog.. Plz accept it..

Thanks! :)

qiwoman said...

I spent it in bed with a migraine lol.the Worst Xmas ever..and way from home sob sob lol.

Sherry said...

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Contest has start

Jasmine Shanea said...


Miss you much! hope you get to warm up to all the festive cheer amidst the cold.

or the alternative, come back to Singapore.. lol

EastCoastLife said...

May you be more charming, richer, healthier and the happiest this coming new year!!

Happy year 2009!

kyh said...

Happy New Year! All the best in 2009! :D

iWalk said...

According to chinese tradition, 2009 is cow(牛)year, Cow means growing, Yeah! A growing year!

So Happy 牛 Year to you!

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