29 November 2010

Holidays are coming: “Tis the season, it's always the real thing”*

I am embracing Christmas with a vengeance this year. If ever we needed a bit of magic and sparkle, it’s now. And the festive season is all about giving people a much needed break, and something to look forward to. A long time before Christianity, it was recognised --  by a whole heap of ancient cultures and civilisations -- that they needed a winter festival to break the tedium of those long, cold, dark and lonely months.

Feasting, gift-giving, candles, music, holly, mistletoe and even the Christmas tree…all of these were appropriated by the Christian faith from rival winter solstice or festival celebrations -- including the Germanic Yuletide, Rome’s Saturnalia and the Indo-Iranian feast of Mithra -- and attributed to the birth of Christ.

It’s all very interesting, but this year, I don’t really care what or why we’re celebrating -- I just want to celebrate. I want to spend time with the people I care about doing sweet feck all except having a lovely time. It’s a little bit like sticking my fingers in my ears and trilling la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la, except the whole world will collude with me for a week or two, before we reluctantly face up to January and real life again.

So I was thrilled this morning to hear that Christmas FM is back on air. Ok, it mildly irritated me last year but I was an idiot, a Grinch -- this is an all-volunteer station that’s seeking to raise awareness and money for Barnardos, and good on them.

And I was delighted to learn that the Docklands Christmas Market starts this Friday. Yes, it’s the same as their Octoberfest and Maritime festival  but I don’t care, I will eat sausages and drink mulled wine and wander around its frozen and twinkly environs rejoicing in its shiny distraction.  

I cannot wait to skate around the Arnotts’ rooftop against a backdrop of fairy lights. So I can't skate and I am terrified of falling but so what? I will cling to the side with the kiddies and pull myself around and be thankful for the arm workout and remind myself that I am not in work.

And I will shop till I drop at a plethora of special instore shopping evenings, like the one Karen at lovelygirlybits told us about, at TK Maxx on Thursday, or the Burlesque event at Arnotts this weekend, and I will push all thoughts of crass consumerism firmly to one side as I imagine the happy faces of my loved ones as they open up their gifts.

But most of all, over the festive season, I will endeavour to spend time with everyone I care about, and push the seasonal stresses to one side, and make sure they know exactly how I feel and how grateful I am to have them in my life. Because Christmas brings the sparkle for a season, but friends and family? They keep it there for life.

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Post title: Coca Cola, ‘Holidays are coming’!

9 comments:

Sara k said...

I was sitting here eating my porridge, cursing the snow and the fact I have to go shopping in it.. but you've just cheered me up no end and a long side my hot oats, have warmed by belly. lovely blog lady.

plus, on the days the family and friends are hungover and less sparkley than normal we can fall back on The Body Shops 'Sparkler' as per previous post! Good lass x

Sara k said...

I was sitting here eating my porridge, cursing the snow and the fact I have to go shopping in it.. but you've just cheered me up no end and a long side my hot oats, have warmed by belly. lovely blog lady.

plus, on the days the family and friends are hungover and less sparkley than normal we can fall back on The Body Shops 'Sparkler' as per previous post! Good lass x

REDISHFOX said...

8 words.

All.
I.
Want.
For.
Christmas.
Is.
YOU.

That and perhaps a calculator so I can count how many words that actually is.
Lovely collection of words and thoughts my dear.
xx

Ína said...

Count me in for the Xmas Market and the ice-skating!!

Karen said...

Thanks for the mention missus :) I'm really hoping to make it into TK MAXX if the weather gets any better :) And you've just made my night telling me that Christmas FM is back!! Need to tune the aul car radio into that one :)

Anonymous said...

I love Christmas so much, cannot wait to get my Xmas tree! :)

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Eadaoin said...

This is a pretty great time of year, I'm 100% with you on loving every aspect with it. We really do need something to keep away thoughts of heading into the long dark winter. Christmas FM is amazing, so much fun!! Although my OH refuses to listen to it for very long lol.

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holy land tours said...

I agree that this is the best time of the year as we have enough to holidays have fun and do that for which we dont have time in working days.You utilized your holiday in best possible way.I like your post.