Digital BY Birth’s Xmas Message
So what’s Xmas all about? Santa, Jesus, “goodwill to all men” or just expanded Black Friday deals???
I love Christmas – at the moment at least – you trek around town with a bag in the near dark of winter, lit up by strings of lights and glowing Christmas trees and there’s frost and magic in the air. You breathe out vapor as you trudge around with you canvas carry all getting presents and food. And everyone seems so nice and friendly.
Xmas also means to me the 16th annual meeting of all my friends for drinks, a shared curry and then a “piss up” up town- in that order. We’ve been doing it for a long time now and it’s a chance to see people you used to go out 5 nights a week with drinking BUT now with children, workloads and various BS you only get to see once a year, drink make merry with and have a bloody good catch up.!
It wasn’t always this way. . .
When I was an angry anti-capitalist I saw it just as ritualized behavior teaching children the method of consumerism and the need to buy things in order to be happy!!! The cancer of consumerism, further sucking dry our planet’s limited resources and our hard earned money.
As I’ve said here before, when I was a lot younger and Christmas rolled in and I was asked what I wanted, in truth I didn’t want anything. I was totally content at that time and felt there was something wrong with me for not needing anything. So I got an overly expensive “Action Force” Army Hover Craft and then spent a great many years blindly collecting the tanks, planes, and figures.
As I said I should have felt ashamed, and thought that I wasn’t normal, and just said I was fine, without any gifts.
Now I’ve changed somewhat. BUT I only but gifts if I really think of or see something I know my friends or family will really appreciate and if I do get a present for my self, I only ask for something I needed or would have got for my self at some point anyhow.
For instance, Kain Larsen got me the new “Beck” album “Colours”, which in time I would have bought anyway.
So where’s that leave us?
Is Xmas ritualized Capitalist programming masquerading as a religious holiday, an excuse to get very drunk, or a special time when friends and families come together??? Strangely it’s probably all three. . .
Like most things, it’s all just a matter of perception.
Merry Xmas People X