Christmas – Dontcha just love/hate it?
I love Christmas.
I love the excuse for a really huge celebration.
I love thoughtful surprises and getting things that I really wanted, and I love giving presents that I know they’ll love.
I love the building anticipation as the day itself approaches, and the sense of a huge corporate festival.
It’s great to always get together with the entire family for a big celebration, coming back to all our traditions year after year.
I love the simple excitement of small children, and the enjoyment that they get from the magical idea that Father Christmas flies around the world in a sleigh pulled by reindeer to deliver their presents.
I hate Christmas.
I hate the pressure to spend huge amounts of money.
I hate wastefully being given things I don’t want or need, and I hate trying to find presents for people who don’t seem to want anything.
I hate the way it all starts in November at the latest, and how everyone expects you to join in with all their celebrations.
It’s terrible to always have to fit in with other people without enough space, being expected to fit in with others’ expectations because it’s traditional.
I hate the uncontainable overexcitement of small children, and the expectation that you’ll play along with the lie that Father Christmas flies around the world in a sleigh pulled by reindeer to deliver their presents.
Someone please tell me I’m not alone!