(December 20th 2013)
I quite like Christmas. Okay it's a little annoying when the Christmas decorations in a shop clash with their Halloween and Easter stuff but, it's a remarkably minor part of my day. I used to really like Christmas when I was a kid though and, like most people, I find it just doesn't have the same magic that it used to.
I think it might be a reflection on my relationship with my parents. We love each other and we get along fine but I guess we don't know that much about each other (for people that I've known my entire life). Maybe that's why gift giving is as big a part of Christmas as it is, it shows your parents take an interest in your activities. When I was a child my parents knew what I wanted for Christmas because they had to keep an eye on me all the time but as I got older I had to start writing lists. Again, I know this isn't uncommon and at the time I didn't really care because, hey, I wasn't gonna be disappointed on the 25th. And vice versa with them, they told me what they wanted/needed and I'd get it for them. No guess work, no pressure, everyone's a winner, mutually assured satisfaction. Maybe I'm just using Christmas as an excuse and really I should be less focused on the season and more on making sure I don't drift too far away from my family.
In conclusion Christmas is pretty commercial but I think giving someone a thoughtful gift that shows you know them well is nothing to turn your nose up at.
Let it snow let it snow let it snow.
Made by Sean
... and subsequently butchered by Me.