Today is the 1st of December, marking the beginning of a supposedly calm and blessed time of the year which in reality is the most stressful and nerve-racking month we have to endure every single year: shoppers running wild, hunting for presents for their beloveds, getting stuck in traffic and end up losing their shit.
It seems like that’s not the only thing we are losing: we’ve lost the meaning of these holidays. Christmas is celebrated as a time of charity and as I`ve mentioned a lot in the past, people don`t know what that means anymore. There is no thing like brotherly love in our society, at least it feels that way most of the time and at Christmas I am even more aware of that. Which is very sad if you ask me.
Fortunately, there are exceptions and there are people who help their fellows in need. I just saw a report about two of our football teams donating to a charity for the homeless which is a great thing to do, especially because the players are role models for their fans who may follow suit.
However, I am not only talking about donating. What bothers me the most is that people seem to have lost their ability to cope with their fellows in everyday life. I know, I’ve said that a lot, but maybe still not as much as needed: Why can’t we live together peacefully anymore?
Every single day I am out there I have to listen to words or have to watch actions of anger and annoyance, even if it is only a car horn signalling to hurry the fuck up.
Christmas traffic and Christmas shopping bring matters to a head. People are not only unfriendly but freaking out.
At one point several years ago, I’ve had enough. Since then I only do online shopping and try to avoid shopping malls and certain events in order to keep up a cheerful mood. Although, there is a flipside because from time to time even I would like to attend a Christmas fair and honestly, I would rather shop my presents in a real shop than online.
In the end, that’s the price I pay as long as therefore I don’t have to witness people fighting over the last Christmas tree shouting at each other. This way I can imagine people being nice and pretend Christmas to still be a holiday of calm and charity.
“My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?” (Bob Hope)