Much talk of the PC (politically correct) Christmas this year with the media frantic in reporting/creating stories of councils and businesses abandoning the “traditional” messages.
I think it is time that public relations, the media and marketing backed out of Christmas and allow people to approach the festivities as they see fit. I can buy cards with Nativity scenes if I wish (or opt for sprouts, reindeer, etc) – or not bother to send them at all. I don’t care whether offices fund or ban the tinsel and parties. I’d be quite happy never to receive another corporate Christmas card, be informed of donations for goats in Africa or be notified of policies on accepting gifts.
I’d like Christmas to start in December rather than August – and will never go on a “Tinsel and Turkey” break to the seaside even if I am doolally in my dotage.
I don’t want advise on having a green Christmas – or to hear whether people are flying away to the sun or clogging up the motorways. I’m not interested in new Christmas movies or what will be #1 in the music (or download) charts. Although I don’t object to proper Christmas songs (whether pop or church) and will spend hours on Sunday decorating my house with ornaments that recollect many happy memories.
I want to be bah humbug if I choose – or spend time with family and friends doing whatever fits with our lifestyle, religious or agnostic preferences, bizarre traditions or whatever.
My wish is to have some silence for Christmas – no stupid adverts or pseudo-news stories, no creative press releases or bogus corporate jollity. More peace on Earth and less of the usual hyped up nonsense.