At this time of year, people talk about ‘the meaning of Christmas’ and there is no easy answer to this old chestnut. Christmas means a lot of different things to a lot of different people. Today I just wanted to talk to you about that I think Christmas is (and isn’t) all about.
As I have gotten older, the meaning of Christmas has totally changed for me. It was once about spending the day with my dad (and my Gran) and getting lots of nice presents from Santa. As I hit my teenage years it became about me, my family and my friends. My dad let all of my friends come and stay the night after our Christmas dinner, what a legend. We’d all sit and compare presents and watch our new dvds / show off our new jewellery etc. Christmas always has been my favourite time of year and I genuinely do get that warm, happy feeling in my heart. I try to be kinder to people and make my loved ones happy by making that extra effort to spend time with them. however, now that I’m older, I also look outside my own 4 walls. Christmas isn’t the best time of year for everyone and to some people, it is the worst time of year.
There are many people out there who have a horrible Christmas. Old people who spend the day alone, struggling families that can barely pay the bills let alone have an extravagant day, kids who grow up among addicts & wonder why Santa forgot them, grieving families… The list could go on but you get my point.
The past few years I’ve went on social media after Christmas and seen people complaining about what they got as presents and I just can’t believe it. I saw one blogger complain that she didn’t get MAC lipstick, someone in her family got her a cheaper brand. Fuck off. I’ve seen people getting grumpy about getting an old iPhone handset. Fuck off. I saw someone else complain that they only got a ‘cheap’ Kindle and not a Kindle Fire HD. Fuck right off. If you want a specific thing then save for it and buy it yourself, simple as that. Looking like a pampered little brat on Christmas isn’t the best image. In Glasgow alone, 1 in 5 kids live below the poverty line yet some people take the huff about getting the wrong lippy. I just can’t deal with this selfish side of Christmas and I’m getting less tolerant of it as I get older. Don’t get me wrong, I have been absolutely spoilt rotten these past few Christmases but I am very grateful and I realise that I’m a very lucky girl. People buying you gifts should never be expected and it should always be appreciated.
It is so cliche but the phrase 'it's about who is around the tree, not what is under it' really is the meaning of Christmas to me. My meaning of Christmas is now 100% about who I spend it with. I want my loved ones with me and I want them to be healthy and happy. I like spoiling them too but I'll never forget that I'm lucky to have so many amazing friends and family in my life. I'm very blessed.
Merry Christmas everyone, I hope you are surrounded with love and security tomorrow. Lovely presents are just an extra little bonus.