It’s Xmas time again, and for the upteenth time I can’t get over how pressurised this time is. The media hype about the ‘season to be jolly’ can get to the best of us. It is lovely to have a ‘reason’ to be jolly and to spread Christmas cheer, but somehow I can’t help but notice how devoid of cheer this period seems to be. People are bombarded by adverts to get this, that, and the next thing. There is less emphasis on quality and more on quantity. There are adverts of ‘give your child an alcohol free christmas this year’ What is it all coming to? I consider myself to be a generally upbeat person when the spirit moves me, however at this time, I just keep feeling like the things that one doesn’t have get highlighted e.g for people without families near them the absence is so pronounced that instead of cheer there is just gloom. Do we need the pressure?
I have always loved any excuse to laugh and be merry, yet lately I feel slightly jaded because the innocense of things seem to be diminishing. Gone are the days when Christmas was about watching the sun dancing at dawn, observing it’s effects on the cows in the kraal. Hearing the hustle and bustle of family members preparing all manner of dishes, delicacies such as jelly and custard.
The day would be characterised by children donning their best clothes, brand spanking new items for a change. Every one would for once, feel absolutely beautiful in their new bought items. There’d be promise of something good in the air. The local photographer would be ready to capture the moment with his trusted camera. All around there would be genuine cheer!
The simplicity of those days lended to the magical feel of the day.
Those were simpler days of yester- year, and just as everything comes and goes, so does the meaning of things.
What does this Christmas time mean to people? I guess it differs from person to person, I am glad to be with my loved ones and wish I could have more of my dear people around me. I hope for love and laughter for everyone known and unknown.
Most of all I celebrate the innocence of children as this time is especially magical for them.
Merry Christmas to all! May each day be filled with joy,love and laughter regardless of what calender day it is. May all heartaches be forgotten and may everyone’s cup of kindness be filled to the brim.
May this time bring goodness to us all.