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December 20, 2016

Get With The Christmas Program Or Else

Christmas Tree And Gifts
Christmas Tree And Gifts
(Photo credit: Pixabay)  
There is always a high level of insanity around when Christmas is approaching. People try their utmost best to get their homes in pristine condition before December 25th; this is done by people doing the following:

  • Painting the interior of their homes.
  • Painting the exterior of their homes.
  • Trimming the branches of trees.
  • Mowing the lawn.
  • Repairing broken gates, fences, etcetera.

People's busy movements are akin to someone dropping insecticide on an ants nest and watching those ants move crazily in all directions.

Attempting To Go With The Flow Because Of A Spouse

Sometimes, people are forced to go with the flow because of a spouse; one's other half is a huge fan of Christmas; therefore, avoiding the so-called chores that comes along in getting things ready for the Christmas Season can lead to divorce (And, a person is not going to do anything that can cause a severed relationship with their loved one).

So, one unwillingly goes along with all of the craziness that usually comes with Christmas.

Most of us who hate Christmas will play along, because we know that Christmas comes and goes quickly; it does not last forever (We often think of it as a prison sentence that would be over soon).

Giving Gifts To Loved Ones

Now, you do not have to like Christmas in order to give a loved one a wrapped gift on Christmas Day.

We enjoy seeing the smiles on the faces of loved ones when they unwrap those Christmas presents of theirs.

And, in turn, they usually reciprocate the joy by presenting us with a Christmas gift.

Pets are included in the madness too; they are presented with gifts by their caretakers (And, the dogs, cats, etcetera, display a sense of gratitude for the gift that was given to them).

Visiting The Homes Of Others On Christmas Day

In The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, it is common practice to visit the homes of friends and relatives on Christmas Day.

The host or hostess would see to it that you are well-fed and entertained.

And, you can also expect others to drop by for a meal and a few drinks.

If you want to limit the number of visitors to your home, you can announce to the entire neighbourhood that you are only going to serve vegan food and beverages on Christmas Day (You will have little or no visitors; since the average person in The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago is expecting to eat ham, turkey or some sort of wild, indigenous meat).

People Spend Their Christmas Differently

Not everyone would want to visit the homes of others, or would want visitors to drop by on Christmas Day.

Some people would prefer to do the following:

  • Attend church.
  • Sleep for many hours on the 25th of December.
  • Spend time alone with their family.
  • Spend the entire day watching Christmas movies on television.
  • Go to the beach (In The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago we can do that, because of our geographical location — we are situated in the Caribbean — a place that is blessed by Tropical weather).

In Closing

Getting with the Christmas program is inevitable; even those people who hate Christmas like myself, find ourselves singing a few Christmas carols (I guess that the consumption of a certain amount of alcoholic beverages can cause people to become susceptible to the Christmas vibe).

On the bright side, people can spend their Christmas doing whatever it is that they desire (Provided that it falls within the parameters of the law).

I will count my blessings (and you should too), because a lot of people died before they could spend another Christmas with their beloved family, friends and colleagues.

We do not have snow here in The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago; therefore, I will not be making any snowmen or angels in the snow; but I can go to the beach where it is nice and warm and make a sand-man or an angel in the sand (Oh, those are the perks of living in the Caribbean).

And, dear friend, may you have a very safe and wonderful Christmas.


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