Yes, it’s that time of the year again when the so called civilised world goes absolutely mad and wastes more precious energy on billions of little flashing lights than the whole of the third world uses in five years. When the price of anything remotely ‘Christmassy’ gets a 50% price hike until the 25th of December, just so it can be removed on the 26th and go on sale.
When any thoughts of the responsible use of credits cards goes out the frosty window, and promises good tidings to the money lenders for the following year. A time when families decide to put away their quarrels for a convenient day or so, and countries stop shooting at each other for 24 hours. Oh how I love Christmas spirit. It’s that time of the year when retailers will either make or break the balance sheet and the stock markets will pass their harsh judgement as soon as the ‘Holiday Data’ is available.
Then there is the suffering of listening to John Lennon’s ‘So This Is Christmas’ 10 times a a day for a month. Well, I suppose this is a change after 70 years. I was really fed up with Bing Crosby.
I have found an alternative though. It has become one of my very favourite Christmas songs now, and I tend to play it ad nauseam all the way through the season of yule. Keeps me sane. It’s a catchy little tune by Tom Waits and Peter Murphy. It’s titled ‘Christmas Sucks’. Perhaps if you want to include in your holiday listening, you can listen to it here.
Well, ho, ho, ho, goodwill and peace to all men (and women too) and by the way; what did you buy me for Christmas?