I’ve had good times I’ve had bad times…most of my friends, present and past, have had lives that follow a similar pattern. But as you get older it becomes more evident that we humans are greedy things. We want our cake and eat it. We want too much in the way of material things and are never happy to be content to just have what we need. It’s nearing Christmas so I suppose that’s what’s making me feel this way. The constant flow of Christmas email offers coming into my inbox is frightening. The advertising in magazines, newspapers and on the television is bombastic. The pressure is on! There are so many people in the world with absolutely nothing. No home, no family, no food, nothing – and no prospect of things getting any better for them. It makes me angry and sad… and I know I’m a hypocrite, because I’m not going to give up everything I have and hand it all over to the needy.
In the past I have been without, literally, I have had nothing in my handbag or pocket and searched down the sides of the sofa (at least I had a sofa) for a few coins so that I could collect enough of them together for a meal. I’ve also had times when the table has been overflowing with food and the cupboards are bursting. I have worried about only having 50p in my purse and I have worried about having only £50 in my purse. It’s all relative. I have had my fair share of tragedy, losing my dad when I was only thirteen and then losing my lovely son when he was only twenty-seven. But, those events apart, I have been lucky in so many ways. I am lucky right now…the weather has been pretty rubbish but who cares? I am free, I’m not hungry and I’m comfortable. Most days I can please myself what I do. I have grown older and wiser. I’m a bit overweight and should try to lose it – but why? I’m healthy and happy and until I can’t actually get my clothes done up, I’m going to try not to worry about a few pounds of excess body fat.
I could never be as good as those people, who give up their Christmas Day to feed the homeless and needy before they have anything for themselves. But, I fully intend this year to try to do something helpful each day of the holiday. On Facebook I saw an advent calendar and each day it had a good deed to do, which I think is a great idea – much better than eating chocolate! Doing something kind or helpful does not mean that you have to deprive yourself of anything, it doesn’t even have to cost any money. Just make sure your neighbour has everything they need…whatever their age. Visit the local home for senior people…(trying to be PC) and maybe take a bottle of sherry for them to have a glass on Christmas day. I’m sure we can all think of something charitable to do? So far in December I haven’t done enough good deeds but I am trying, honestly.
I bought a wreath for the door today, it cost £10 and the money will go to charity. I’m not going to buy a load of Christmas decorations because it is a waste of money and we won’t be here for Christmas day but with family in Bristol (can’t wait). How lucky am I to be sharing time with my children and grandchildren and of course The Man…he’s a bit of a bah-humbug. I’m honestly not a Christmas grump but, I’m going try hard not to be too indulgent this year.
I’m not a religious person but appreciate the part of Christmas that brings people and families together. I do not appreciate the commercial side of Christmas at all and hope that you, readers, will take time out to think of those less fortunate than yourselves at this time of year and I will do the same.