Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Why this tumult?

Since 1st November (or even earlier) toy makers, perfume manufacturers, jewellers, music companies, super-markets and high street shops have been bashing our ears out with CHRISTMAS SHOPPING. For the last few weeks, we have been bombarded with cosmetics, perfumes, the latest DVD releases of obscure musicians and risque comedians, books, toys, gadgets and even per-cooked Christmas day meals.

Oh the incessant drip, drip and drip of adverts, commercials and jingles. It is enough to make one stark staring made. Buy this toy for your child; buy this one for your lover, your parent or else they will not love you. Without this ultimate gift for a loved one, Christmas is ruined.

SHOP, SHOP, SHOP. Oh and if you cannot come to the shops, do it on-line and we will be more than happy to deliver it to you.

I ask you, who on earth said that Christmas equates gifts - the biggest, splashiest and most expensive the better? Where is it written that to celebrate Christmas, we must spend, spend and spend some more?

Christmas is definitely not any of the following:

Santa Claus or his elves or the North Pole.
Or his reindeers, especially Rudolf
Shopping till you drop
The spirit of Christmas, whatever that means
The gifts – no matter the thought behind it.
The tree despite how 'festive' it looks.
Cooking a great meal for people you are obliged to see once a year
Stuffing your face until you cannot walk
Drinking until you lose all sense of proportion
'Jingle bells', a red robin, or holly or mistletoe or the Yule log.
Neither is it snow flakes, or a white Christmas as romantic as that sounds
Oh and especially the office parties where everyone forget their manners

None of above equals Christmas, and Christmas is none of the above. Unfortunately, we all fall into either one or all of the above traps, giving us a false sense of expection. Come Christmas day, there is a feeling of anti-climax. The expected joy does not come, and we are left feeling cheated and letdown. YES, we fell for the lies again, and all we are left with is an empty bank account and excess weight we shall have to spend the next three months trying to lose.

Christmas is about the birthday of Jesus – the Anointed One.

grahics from hiking-cyclingchristain.net


Anonymous kenyananalyst said...

Reason for the season, - Amen.

12/19/2006 05:16:00 am  
Blogger Nakeel said...

Amen it is about the birth of the annointed one. It should be a day where we welcome Him to be born in our lives and keep renewing the vow.
Can I shout and yell.. its only because you are my auntie otherwise. My christmass present?

12/19/2006 09:20:00 am  
Anonymous mshairi said...

You mean it aint the 'season to be jolly, tra la la..'? Sorry!

I get what you mean and agree with you somewhat as I think there is something nice about presents, Christmas parties and drinking (not to a stupor though:)

Merry Christmas, Uaridi!

12/19/2006 09:26:00 am  
Blogger Stephen Bess said...

Amen! I was online today shopping! It's absurd how commercial this holiday is. Yes, Jesus is the reason for the season! :)

12/19/2006 04:31:00 pm  
Blogger Princess said...

Kirk Franklin has a song about Jesus being the reason for the season that I happen to really love. You are right although I love giving presents during this season!!

12/19/2006 06:38:00 pm  

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