About this time of year we run ourselves ragged getting stuff sorted for Christmas. We drag ourselves around shop whatever the weather getting perfect gifts, wrapping paper, cards and then if that’s enough it’s all the food shopping too. I don’t really have to describe it all as we are all going through it. I whinge about it all just as much as everyone else, probably far too much, and this year is no different.
But what if there was no Christmas, what if the festive season and all the other yearly events like Easter where never invented? Imagine 365 days of nothing to plan for or celebrate, followed by another 365 days of the same. If there were no tv adverts or media campaigns telling us to buy and celebrate Christmas or Valentines would we actually write cards, give presents and get everyone together to celebrate. At Christmas we dutifully send cards to people we haven’t spoken to or seen all year but we must wish them a ‘Merry Christmas’.
If Christmas wasn’t invented these friendships might dwindle even faster. If we didn’t plan Christmas family meals would we actually sit down on that grand a scale and all spend time together? If we didn’t have Christmas we wouldn’t see the look on children’s faces as they open presents. We wouldn’t all pull together for one day of the year.
It’s very easy to disregard what I just said and insist that we would all do all of these things without Christmas etc but left to our devices would we actually?