I never liked Christmas, not even as a kid. I knew even then it was a load of crap.
People where rotten all year, then at December they purged their guilt and tried to be nice for a few days, but It didn't work.
Not even those crappy presents did much.
Christmas was about being with people we didn't see often, saying how wonderful everything was, when it wasn't. We had to buy presents , but no one knew what we wanted so most ended up as garbage.
Then we stuffed ourselves on way too much food, no wonder diabetes and heart attacks followed.
The worst thing is all the shopping. The biggest winners are Westfields and supermarkets. The biggest loser is the environment. We are destroying the planet !!!! We don't need to buy all this rubbish, or the food that's bad for our health. Hello obesity. Does anyone think of those millions of low paid workers in Asia working for peanuts ? Enslaved by our selfishness and false sense of self importance? Don't they deserve some respect ? Oh no ... They are invisible, they're in a foreign country, they're not our responsibility.....maybe not legally , but morally they sure are. Speaking of morals - where are they ? Christmas is so divorced from any religious meaning anyway, in a world that's more diverse and atheist. We have deluded ourselves .
They say Christmas is for kids, but tradition is reinforcing bad habits. If you're single with no kids, Christmas is not inclusive. It's a time that reinforces conservative roles that in reality are diluted.
On a personal level, we're obligated to see or spend time with people who we don't want to. It's awkward trying to pretend we care when we don't. It's this forced energy we go along with.
I think the best thing to do at Christmas is to see only those we truly want to. To have an honest conversation about what this all means to us...to do a yearly workshop , a reality check.
The closest thing to Santa Clause in my life is catching up with my ex boyfriends from years ago who used to look like porn stars .... Now they are old , grey fat with pot bellies - so they look like Santa Claus ... A bit like me !!!!