I recently wrote a rather sobering post about Christmas and what it means to me here.
You can read it if you want. This post is a cheerier, more uplifting one, designed to make you think about Santa, elves, reindeer, twinkling lights, Christmas songs and presents. I’m an atheist so for me Christmas doesn’t have much of a meaning other than it being a jolly holiday albeit one rife with commercialism and a little bit of jadedness about the money shops are making this time of year.
I think you can’t help but get swept up in the Christmas merriment. Especially if you live in a large city, like London. The constant and innovative window displays, the beautiful array of lights, the buskers, the bright, flashing lights of the West End and the general air of festivity and cheer that’s around is incredible. It’s also a time of trying to fight your way through the maddening crowds, but from some reason, it doesn’t seem so bad as at other times of the year. It’s almost a rite of passage.
Christmas means different things to different people. I confess while I’m not religious there’s a distinct beauty in the singing of Christmas carols, and the sounds and timbre of gorgeous classical Christmas music. I’m not as fond of the rehashing of the old Christmas songs though. Slade, Boney M, Mariah Carey, Wham- I roll my eyes because the radios play these songs ad nauseum. Classical music though is something I love listening to and hearing the strains of ‘God rest thee, merry gentleman’ and ‘Silent Night’ wafting through my speakers when I drive is very welcome.
Whatever way you celebrate Christmas, I hope the season is full of love and joy for you and I hope that 2017 brings a year of everything you desire for. If you’re working towards a particular goal, I hope you reach it whether it be weight loss, a new book you’re planning, a family celebration, or a trip to somewhere you’ve always wanted to go. So from me, season’s greetings to everyone and I hope you and your families stay safe, healthy and happy.