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What Christmas Means to Me Blog Hop

written by susanmacnicol December 8, 2016

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I’m taking part in the Christmas Blog Hop 2016 hosted by Divine Promotions & RAM PA Group

We were asked to write a bit about what Christmas means to us. And share a favourite recipe but as you all probably know, I don’t cook much so don’t have one…

To be honest, in the words of Natalie Imbruglia, I’m a little torn. There’s good and bad aspects and I’m going to tackle them both. Because I’m nothing if not a realist. I love the vibe and hype of the season, shopping for presents for people and seeing all those sparkly lights. I’m not religious so Christmas for me has never been about Jesus or anything remotely biblical. Especially as Jesus wasn’t born in December. But I digress.

Christmas for me is the shiny season. It’s the vibrancy of coloured lights and tinsel. It’s the silky sheen of wrapping paper and the twinkle of baubles on the tree, the smell of spruce, and orange chocolate, and mulled wine. It’s a sensual time when everything meshes together into a festive package of scents and sights that stirs the senses and brings families and friends together.

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It’s a time for kindness, when soup kitchens are manned by volunteers willing to give up their time to contribute to making someone’s else life a little bit happier for a while. It’s a time for smiling when kids open their gifts to see the thing they’ve always wanted right in front of them. It’s also the time you can get your own back on grumpy Aunt Mabel, who insists on giving you socks each year. The dildo you bought for her will go down a treat. She may even find a unique use for it, ‘stirring’ the Yorkshire pudding mix perhaps. *sniggers*

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It’s also the time of a high suicide rate, a plethora of homeless people on the streets, watching with jaundiced eyes as those more fortunate than them strolled past in laughter and merry cheer, while carting presents that would probably have bought a week’s shelter and food for one of these street people. The time for TV adverts of misty eyed children with sad faces, as charities lamented over the fact that for some children, there was no such thing as Christmas. This season is a time of extremes-—one parent buying their kid a Ferrari or a football team, another just managing to scrape together enough money to buy their child a football or a toy truck; of one-upping the Joneses, of making sure things are bigger and better than the other person’s offerings; of corporate companies growing rich and rubbing their hands in glee like Scrooge at the clinking of the money in the coffers. It’s time people abandon their pets because they have better things to do with the money and their time.

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So, like a piece of tinfoil, there’s a dull and shiny side to the season. It’s a pity we can’t find it within ourselves to bring the season of goodwill to all men to people the whole year around instead of just a few short-lived days. That as a species we can’t simply adopt an attitude of love and acceptance to all mankind as we work together to keep this world of ours from spiralling into decay.

Yes, this might depress you, and as blog posts go about Christmas, it’s not all glitter and glamour and I’m not going to apologise for that. Putting on the rose-coloured glasses and ensuring that your own Christmas bubble is untainted with the bad things of Christmas is not cool. In the true spirit of giving, buy a homeless person a cup of coffee. Drag out those old blankets you have in the cupboard, give them a wash and let the people suffering the cold have them. Donate to a deserving charity, like one that teaches people about respecting diversity. Show a starving pet some kindness. You don’t have to give much – just a little. It would mean the world to someone like this.

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http://www.akt.org.uk/2/spg357/albert-kennedy-trust-helping-young-lgbt-people/can-you-help/donating.aspx

https://give.thetrevorproject.org/checkout/donation?eid=63307

www.beingmecampaign.com

www.crisis.org.uk

www.bluecross.org.uk

It’s about making a difference to someone else, or something and that, to me, is the true essence of Christmas.

You can come out from under the blankets now. I’m finished with my sermon and the soapbox has been tucked back into the cupboard.

Merry Christmas everyone and may it bring everything you deserve.

Here’s a chance to win a little something for Christmas too.  There’s  a RAFFLECOPTER  and a Grand Prize.

 

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3D fun face Charms Bracelet

18 K Gold Filled Crystal Pearls Heart Party Dress Jewelry Set

$10 Amazon Gift Card from RAM PA Group

5 Days Promo Tour from Divine Promotions

Dreamspinner Press Vouchers

$5 gift voucher from Pride Publishing

Ebook of your choice from Author Grein Murray

Swag donated by Author Grein Murray (only available to those living in the USA)

Ebook of your choice from Author Sean Kerr (from his series Dead Camp)

Ebook – The Hard Boys: Alien Abduction (Case #1) from Ian Cadena

$15 gift voucher from Susan Mac Nicol

Below you’ll find all the blogs taking part 

 

 ?? Alpha Book Club – http://alphabookclub.org/2016/12/08/divine-promotions-christmas-blog-hop-2016/

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9 comments

jenf27 December 8, 2016 at 3:27 pm

Thank you for this beautiful (and a bit stark) post. I do wish I was under some blankets, since I am cold. 😉

For the rafflecopter: My favorite part of Christmas is all the traditions we have with our kids, such as our advent calendar and tree/house trimming day.

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Jill Prandstatter December 8, 2016 at 6:42 pm

My favorite part of christmas is my kids, and seeing their faces light up

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susanmacnicol December 9, 2016 at 10:39 am

Thanks everyone for stopping by. So glad you did. Sorry if my post was a bit deep lol but I was being honest about what it means to me, and if gives some food for thought, that’s wonderful. Have a wonderful festive season yourselves.

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stephanieosite December 15, 2016 at 9:39 am

My favorite part of Christmas is making cookies with my mommy. I love doing that with her.

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