I enjoyed reading Duncan Barkes’ column about cancelling Christmas in 2014, and much of what he says is akin to my opinions of the annual festivities.
Like him, I would not wish to cancel the religious aspect – although not a committed Christian, I do attend church occasionally, and always on Christmas day.
When shopping in the supermarket at this time of year, seeing the queues of heavily laden trollies at the check-out, while I stand there with my hand-basket, I often wonder how much of what is bought ends up being thrown away and how many shoppers are spending money they haven’t got. A blanket cancellation of Christmas is clearly not possible, but there are things that we, as individuals, can do:-
1) Use the local, independent stores – no queueing up in supermarket car parks, no long waits at the check-out.
2) If you don’t like the annual work party, don’t go to it. There is no law that says it has to be attended.
3) Turn off the TV and radio when those awful Christmas songs bellow out.
4) Throw all the Christmas catalogues that land on the door mat straight into the wheelie bin.
5) Try to reduce alcohol consumption – I recently heard that cases of domestic abuse increased by 30 per cent from Christmas 2011, to Christmas, 2012. Much of this stems from excessive consumption of alcohol.
I expect other readers can suggest further action that can be taken to make the festive season less stressful – there are another 12 months before we have to go through it again.
Andrew J. Potter