There are three weeks to Christmas and I can already feel the panic, surging.
The whole world has gone mad.
Supermarket shelves stocked sky high with temptation, full of aggressive trolley-pushers swarming to unmissable bargains, leading to Christmas tables laden with food and cupboards, bursting at the seams –
This is not what Christmas is about.
Stand back –
Because it’s easy to get caught up in hysteria and the excitement without really pausing to consider whether the hype is actually serving a valuable purpose – or has just become a strangely uncontrollable seasonal trend.
Because it’s hard to hold on to a little rational thought when the perspective’s gone a bit skew; and, if we’re all caught up in the flurry, then we lose sight of a few key considerations –
Like whether the scrabble for a limited supply of bargains is really just playing straight into the pressure of meeting seasonal sales targets?
And if the special offer sausage rolls are actually something that we want (when we’ve got a freezer that’s fit to burst), of the festive best buys are actually best for us?
And whether the piles of presents under a tree and a filled social calendar are an accurate measure of happiness – or even related?
Because it’s just one day, that’s really about just one thing –