Christmas, the Holiday of the Shops?

What even is Christmas nowadays? It’s a flurry of wrapping paper, money and frantic shopping. It’s that time of year again, where people ask for the priciest and flashiest of gifts from whoever is willing to buy it for them, without a second thought. Sure this isn’t the case for everyone but it’s the truth.

Christmas has become a consuming and competitive race to get the best and only the best. Hundreds, if not thousands of Euros (depending on your love (a.k.a your bank account) and your family size) are spent on things that’ll only seem relevant on Christmas morning. Most things that you get will be eventually forgotten about. I know I’ve done it… I’ve only focused on that one significant and expensive gift and left the rest in a pile of wrapping paper or on the counter. The mad rush that is Christmas time wasn’t always this way and some still embrace an alternative style for celebrating the holiday season, with their families rather than obsessing over gifts.

Woah, hold up…..  A two week break that centres around spending time with your family sounds like hell on earth for a lot of people but that’s what this time of year should really be about. I know everyone harps on about how important spending time with your family is during the Christmas break, but it really is. Let’s get deep for a moment….. Everything changes – that’s a definite in your life. There will always be variables, but most times your family is a constant. You don’t know what will happen in the year to come; we all saw how awful 2016 has been to the world so take advantage of this time. Family emigrate, loved ones die, people drift apart, people move away, families separate – anything can happen but don’t let it frighten you.

Your definition of family may differ to everyone else’s and that’s okay. Family doesn’t have to be your parents, siblings, cousins, grandparents; it can be whoever you want it to represent. So if family to you is your best friend, your boyfriend/girlfriend, your golden retriever or your work colleagues, go out and spend time with them. They’re important and any time spent with them is a hundred times better than any present you could ever receive.

In my opinion, there’s no better feeling than sitting together in the sitting room with the fire lit, the Christmas tree lights blinking, some horrendously funny movie humming in the background whilst you laugh and fight over who gets the Maltesers in the Celebrations tin. That’s the best part of Christmas, that’s what I look forward to. Sure, presents are great and all but it’s the people that really matter.

Forget about the presents, the money and the competition. They’re insignificant in the long run. Regardless of how you spend Christmas 2016 make sure you do it in style and who better to share it with than with the people who care about you.