There’s no tree at my house, no decorations (actually I bought decoration and decided against putting them up), and there’s certainly no f*cken Christmas carols.
This year has been a big year for many of us, in many ways.
The earthquake threw a monumental spanner in the proverbial works for so many around Christchurch. Many are still feeling the effects of the economy. A lot of people have had a rough time at work for various reason. And there’s been fair amount of personal challenges for some – me included.
And then there’s all the pressure of Christmas. The presents, the rush and the stress. Of course for many there’s all the drama of the big family gathering. For some, it’s a delightful occasion, spending quality time with loved ones. For many though, it’s too much booze, bad/innapropriate/useless presents, screaming kids, ridiculous amounts of food and way too much chocolate resulting in arguments, unhealthy blood pressure increases and a desperate desire to get away from it all.
Don’t get me wrong – I’m not a Christmas grinch. I’ve always loved Christmas and always spent far too much money buying loads of presents, mostly for the kids in my family.
But this year is different. Continue reading