If anyone reads my travel blog then you would know that I am someone who questions everything.
With that questioning and discovering the world around me there were certain cultural traditions and festivals that I simply came to dislike and would be happy if they vanished off my cultural calendar.
Christmas being one of them
If I am going to celebrate something, then I want to celebrate it with enthusiasm and passion. This comes from believing in it. I don’t believe in Christmas.
For one, I am non-religious and two it is a celebration that is so focused on materialistic bullshit that it sends so many families broke from their need to buy buy buy and keep up with the Joneses.
Yes, I am the Grinch.
Before I dive any more into that rant, the only think I can think worse than that is Christmas in July.
I think maybe Australia is the only country that celebrates this. I had forgotten about it until lately when I see it popping up everywhere. And it leads me to scratch my head and shout WTF!!!
Can’t we just be happy with having it once a year?
The message of it has already been butchered through out the years, why are we butchering it further just so we can experience Christmas in the winter time? That’s not how we do Christmas in OZ. That’s what makes it so unique Down Under.
It is a summer time thing for us.
It is summer time because apparently December was when Jesus was born. And isn’t this what Christmas should be about???? I’m not religious, but I still think Jesus was a dude, and had a very powerful message. I like him; I always have. And I just might embrace Christmas more if it really was about his message.
But having it in July??? Come on.
News flash Australia. It doesn’t snow here. You can’t build a snowmen and you’ll never have a White Christmas. You want one? Then go to Colorado for Christmas and experience in that way.
It’s the start of July and I’m sitting in a short sleeve T-shirt and the sun is beaming down at 20 degrees Celsius.
It just demonstrates to me how we are a society who just can’t accept things as they are and appreciate them. We have to go and change things to suit ourselves. We have to devalue everything. We are so lost in commercialism and materialism that we have forgotten what this 2000 year old tradition has been about.
Celebrating each other and reminding ourselves to live in joy and to be kind.
I’d rather try and do that every day, instead of buying endless gifts and stuffing myself so full of food that I have to be rolled out the door once a year, in order to be a kind Christian. And then once again just so I can do it in the winter time.
Please, start something new instead.