This post is in two parts. First, Wiggia’s piece about the false approach to Christmas by many in the public eye, especially politicians and the need to act Christmassy:
Despite the annual opprobrium that is heaped upon their crass efforts to stay in the public eye whilst completely ignoring what Christmas is supposed to be about, still they come up with these self aggrandising publicity shots.
There is nothing new in this, but I think it really started to take off in the eighties, along with the rise in completely unintelligible personal number plates, a sort of “I’ve made or nearly made it”, or even “I hope you think I’ve made it.”
I had – and “had” sadly is the key word – a long time friend who did make it in the eighties property boom – big time. Sadly, with the wealth, came the new younger model wife, a complete bimbo, strange expensive suits, dyed hair, several Mercs and the personal Christmas card, with him was the new wife in very expensive ski wear at St Moritz.
He could not ski and had never showed any interest, but at least the snow was “festive”.
I did mention the card to him, as in: ‘What’s all that about?’ He could see nothing wrong and extolled the cost of the cards as if that excused everything, he knew they were rubbish but it was what you did if you had “made it”.
The one I have not shown is David Cameron’s back to tradition card, oh good you cry – sense at last.
Not quite. Despite the three wise men on the front, there is no mention of Christmas on the card, ‘how inclusive of him’, especially as two years ago he derided people that sent cards that did not include the word Christmas and only read seasons greetings?
The Mitt Romney card is bad taste as well and the word numpty comes to mind. Still, it could have been worse – he may have made President.
It’s a fair question as to what they should do then, having spent the rest of the year trying to blight the country and sell it out. I mean, what does a false person in the public eye do at such a time? Surely the only thing is to pay lip service, as they’ve done.
And as for the great majority, diverted from the meaning of Christmas into the Santa and credit card bonanza the govt hopes we’ll indulge in to massage the figures – the number of people I know moaning about having to go through with all this is unsurprising. And yet they’ll still speak of Christmas spirit.
I’ll send personal messages to people I know and expect that some of those will respond but it’s not going to provoke tears if they don’t. I do wish we could celebrate it in the Eastern Orthodox way and on the Eastern Orthodox day – in Russia, that’s January 6th/7th.
That at least is truer to the meaning and at a time of year which is nice and relaxed, ready to start the new year in a good spirit, not frazzled and broke and just waiting for a break after a gruelling year.
In Russia, their New Year, on a par with our Christmas, was truly hell on earth, characterized by false bonhomie and drinking to excess and showing one’s worst in company. Or sitting with people you never saw during the year, with gaudy paper crowns and grimly reading out bon-bon jokes, trying to find some social vehicle by which to be pleasant and converse. Truly a time to just get through unscathed.
By contrast, January 6th/7th was snow covered outside, people were away or inside, the roads were relatively clear and Christmas was a small luncheon with a glass of wine at the grandparents’ place. Far more civilized.
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