Excuse the bad pun of the title, I just couldn’t help myself…
Well, it is that time of year again. Christmas has snuck back round and this will most probably be my last post of 2010. So I just wanted to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
For the last two years (since this blog began, back in October 2008), I have written a Christmas themed blog about Slowing down over this most un-Slow of festivals. Unfortunately, what should be a celebration, a time to spend with friends and family and (in it’s earliest incarnation) escape from the winter dreariness with a massive feast, has been usurped and become nothing more than a celebration of consumerism.
Over at The Idler, Tom Hodgkinson draw’s our attention to G.K Chesterton’s comments in “The Spirit of Christmas” , Christmas is “…deliberately placed under the conditions in which it is most uncomfortable to rush about and most natural to stop at home… the old healthy idea of such winter festivals was this: that people being shut in and besieged by the weather were driven back on their own resources.”.
Don’t rush about this Christmas, think about what is important to you and try and embrace the true spirit of Christmas, don’t indulge in the orgy of overspending due to some sense of duty or obligation.
Eat, drink and be merry with the people that you love!
For the new readers out there that haven’t come across these posts before, I have linked to them below:
Slow Yule Part 1
Slow Yule Part 2: Pre-Reformation Celebrations
Slow Yule Part 3: Bad Santa
Slow Yule Part 4: Merry Christmas/Seasons Greetings
Bah Humbag: Slowing Down Christmas
I will see you all in 2011.