I have two problems with Christmas
Christmas! Christmas, Christmas, Christmas, Christmas! It’s nearly bloody Christmas!!!
You might have guessed that I’m a fan of Christmas and if you didn’t, what did you think the above was about? Kwanzaa? Every year, the excitement builds and builds before I literally explode with festive cheer, updating all my playlists to Christmas songs, decorating as much as I humanly can and shopping stupid amounts for presents that I hope will be appreciated. I love Christmas and very little about it brings me down except..
I remember a time when stores didn’t put out their Christmas stock until November and music didn’t change until mid-November. The season wasn’t spoilt as you didn’t feel it was always being forced down your throat at every turn, instead it felt festive and ‘the right time’ for everything.
In recent years (probably more than I want to accept), Supermarkets have started ripping the piss; October comes around and guess what, we have a Christmas aisle, slowly building in size. First week of November? Let’s put the Christmas music on. There is no wonder Children of the 00s and 10s don’t feel the same magic I did in the 80s and 90s, it’s such a common place thing that there is no surprise or merriment left by the 25th December.
Although not as annoying as the above, there is one other thing that I would love to see changed: Bland Town Christmas Decorations. Through the 80s and 90s St Albans used to be awash with colourful bulbs, foil lamp post decorations and street width illuminated banners; since the mid 00s these have all been replaced with the same white / grey / cold blue LED lights that give nothing but a chill to my soul.
Christmas should help you envision warmth, happiness and colour, not misery, cold and wet weather. Let’s add a little colour to Christmas.