As it approaches the festive season one thing that always gets me feeling Christmassy is the Christmas cups and blends at Starbucks and Costa. I LOVE coffee and the introduction of a themed cup get’s me straight into the spirit.
When I was little it was the Toys R Us adverts and the Coca-Cola truck *holidays are coming, holidays are coming* (you can’t tell me you didn’t sing that exactly as the song goes) but as I’ve grown up I’ve noticed how the Christmas traditions have changed.
The John Lewis advert is now an institution, we wait for the tear-jerker and “ballad cover” of a classic tune to be released, mentioning it to family and friends like it has been a Christmas staple forever.
We have Amazon wish lists rather than a written list of things we would like, people can send presents directly to your house, you don’t even need to see them. But also there is a lot less room for error when you’re buying for difficult family members.
I think I miss the fact that when you wrote someone a Christmas card, you might not have heard from them for a while, but with Facebook, no one is far away, which is much better. These days people donate to charity rather than wasting paper and stamps on cards, and this is a fantastic alternative. Christmas is about giving and a donation to charity is appreciated much more than a flimsy card and first class stamp.
These days it sometimes feels like people are a lot more commercial than they used to be. We buy so much food and a multitude of presents and some put themselves into debt to make the 25th December perfect. I think with the hate in the world from everything that has happened in 2016 we should try and remember what the true spirit of Christmas is… yes Jesus, but also family.
Give your babies, mums, dads, siblings, aunts, uncles and grandparents an extra squeeze and show you love each other. Give one gift that is from the heart and shows you care and make sure you appreciate what’s around you. Christmas is about love, and that’s one tradition that will last forever.
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