While I was shopping at Chadstone* last week it occurred to me that I was not having a good time. The crowds were getting to me, my arms were weighed down by numerous shopping bags and I was absolutely starving. I asked myself, is this meant to be a fun time? In that moment, I saw Christmas for what it had become; a Hallmark holiday created by some very clever marketing gurus who had tricked the general public into believing they were having the time of their lives when in actual fact they weren’t. It got me thinking (as one does) of whether we really enjoyed Christmas, or if the meaning had been sapped out of it all by the expectation of extravagant gifting, overcatering at the Christmas lunch table and spending time with family and friends that we really didn’t enjoy being around. Were we being forced into it all because of sappy Christmas films which made Christmas day seem like the fuzziest and sappiest day of the year? Did we really need to prove our love and commitment to our loved ones by buying them that fancy handbag or perfume? So many questions arose and without sounding too much like the Grinch who stole Christmas, here are some way you may be over the festive season before it has even begun.
- The thought of wrapping all of those gifts makes you want to crawl into bed and never come out.
- Gift buying has become a major chore and you find yourself cursing the recipients as you fill your trolley with unnecessary crap (well, at least it looks that way to you).
- If you hear one more cheery Christmas song at Coles you are going to eat your own elbow.
- When Love Actually comes on the telly for the millionth time that week you actually vow to give up television. For good. Except maybe to watch Bad Santa.
- You start to relate to the Grinch on a spiritual level.
- If you have to scroll past one more family Santa photo on your Facebook feed you will scream.
- And finally, when you YouTube cute videos of kids receiving puppies for Christmas and hear them squeal with excitement? You feel nothing. NOTHING.
I have experienced ALL of these emotions this Christmas so I am in dire need of some Christmas spirit! Tonight I plan to cosy up in my favourite pjs and watch Home Alone 2: Lost in New York with some gingerbread cookies and Lindt chocolates. Hopefully this will get me out of my semi slump!
Are you someone who is slightly over Christmas? Please share below!
*As a side note, while this is meant to be a lighthearted post it does raise some points about consumerism and how we as consumers actually have the power to change things. I admit that I like to shop and I own many clothes and accessories. However I have made a conscious effort recently to stop buying ‘cheap’ throwaway clothing and to invest in good quality, ethically sourced and Austraian made (where possible) items instead. Many of the cheaper clothing stores have lost their appeal to me and I now think twice about whether I need that trendy item. While this is a work in progress for me, it is something that I plan to stick to. Let me know your thoughts on this topic, I’d love to hear them!