Of course Christmas is not toxic, a time of joy and peace and love to all mankind. At least most of it, although I do not do Christmas. I have really arrived at the point when it is an annoyance.
The Christmas tent is already prepared in the local supermarket, ready and waiting. Today is 26th October, in one day less in two months, it will be Christmas Day, when we all sit beneath the Christmas Tree with family members and eat the Christmas dinner which is usually prepared by he matriach of the family, which I have become, so why should I rejoice and enjoy. For me a time of stress, composing a Christmas dinner and toiling away in the kitchen on the evening of 24th December, which is when we have the big deal in Switzerland.
It is quite easy to explain. For the next two months I will be bombarded with TV advertisements showing fake Father Christmas’s with fake snowfalls in a fake little village somewhere and to top it all up we will have the Coca Cola truck who has discovered how to use the name of Christmas for publicity. I know I am the Christmas grinch, but I have had many Christmas seasons in my life and it was not always easy.
The stress before buying the right Christmas presents for everyone. I know some people that proudly tell us how they have completed their Christmas shopping already in the month of September, usually by Facebook proclamation, which does not interest me. It is also a reason why I have abolish Christmas presents with one exception. The children in the family, they can make their own decisions later in life and the smile on a child’s face at Christmas is irreplaceable.
Ok, I tell you I am a complete atheist and so perhaps I am the toxic person in this whole Christmas show. Today I realise that the whole thing is a money making publicity show. I celebrate for the others not for myself and thank goodness I now have at last a quiet time at the end of the year where I do not fall asleep under the tree (which we do not have). Just three of us, no Christmas tree and please no presents. If I really want something I can buy it myself.
The plastic curtain is reading to be opened, behind which lay shelves of Christmas decorations to buy. I no longer bake for Christmas. When I had a family with four kids I would do the whole show and spend weeks before Christmas making our Christmas biscuits, and even taking a selection to work.
There is one positive aspect. I can take some photos at our local Christmas market. Sometimes I sympathise with Mr. Scrooge and who knows I might even get a visit from the ghosts of the Christmas past, present and future.