Friday, December 21, 2007

It's Christmas time.

It's Christmas time
There's no need to be afraid
At Christmas time
We let in light and we banish shade
And in our world of plenty
We can spread a smile of joy
Throw your arms around the world
At Christmas time

...Do you remember those lyrics? It was the Band Aid single from 1984 and not a lot has changed. "And in our world of plenty, we can spread a smile of joy."

Yes, our land of plenty, I went shopping with Gail today, supermarket shopping. The stores were very busy and I looked at the other shoppers stocking up for Christmas. They were in a siege mentality with trolley loads of food. Others had bought large non-food electrical items that were probably presents for someone. A lot of people get whipped up by Christmas and feel they must take part and buy, buy, buy. It is not a weekly food shop but enough food for a month, because it is Christmas. They buy loads of presents for each other and children because people have wish lists for Christmas. These people are not worshiping Christians but consumers swept up in a commercial Christmas. Some people go into debt because the calendar declares it is Christmas and they must take part. Their homes are like Santa's grotto, in a mess due to the festive decoration litter. Have these people not got a mind of their own? No, the follow like sheep, run to the shops, buy more food than they can eat in a week and buy loads of presents from peoples' wish lists. This commercialism is gross, buying in excess just because the calendar states it is Christmas and because they do not want to be out of the loop.

I can party like the best of them but I do not need a calendar to tell me when to party. You do not have to tell me it is 24th, 25th, 26th or 31st December - I know what day it is thank you. There is no law that states I must do this and that on these dates - that is for the Chavs to observe in the comfort of their debt ridden homes. It makes me sick to see all this money being misspent when other people around the world are dying of hunger and living in appalling poverty. A lot of food will be thrown away in the next week and the little children will have more toys than they have time to play with all because it's Christmas. Remember...

There's a world outside your window
And it's a world of dread and fear
Where the only water flowing
Is the bitter sting of tears
And the Christmas bells that ring
There are the clanging chimes of doom
Well tonight thank God it's them instead of you

...I am not a killjoy but it saddens me when I see the level of waste in our country at Christmas time. A Christmas that is driven by greed and the worship of a consumer god.
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