Christmas is a time of giving. My youtube sub feed has over the past few weeks has been made up almost entirely of Christmas gift guides. You know the ones. Buy this insanely expensive box of bath oils for your loved ones (in fairness, I want those, they look and smell divine, but if I gave my mum £50 of bath oils for christmas i fear that she would laugh so hard that she would never stop).
I had grandiose plans this christmas, then a couple of days ago I found out that I was going to be made redundant in the new year and it got me thinking about the value of Christmas. I wanted it to be an opportunity to treat my loved ones, by getting them items that they would be excited to open on Christmas day. My boyfriend was getting a tablet, my mum a beautiful piece of jewellery that she could wear on her wedding day in the New Year. For my nieces and nephews, I was going to buy them each books that they could share amongst each other. Now my savings have to be used for insurance, against the possibility that I might not have enough money to cover bills in the New Year.
I don’t want this blog post to be a trite ditty imploring the feast of materialism that Christmas has become. Despite how many Christmas specials there are about the true meaning of Christmas, in this age of commercialism, people are still going to over extend themselves and their wallets in order to make Christmas a happy affair. I love giving gifts; I love being able to gift my loved ones things that they will really appreciate. And I am one of the lucky ones. There is approximately 70 people in my department who will be losing their jobs in the first week of January. For some, it means that their kids might not be able to get the gifts they asked for from Santa.
Christmas is ultimately about children. It’s watching their faces light up as they open their gifts from Santa, revelling in their innocence and complete faith in a world that is magical and pure. For parents who desperately want to give their kids the world are under immense financial and emotional pressure to be able to deliver the “perfect christmas”.
So when you’re handing over your carefully selected gifts this Christmas, spare a thought for those who have less. Who are hungry and cold, and trying to be able to create some semblance of what Christmas should look like for their kids. As I said, I’m one of the lucky ones. My nieces and nephews will still get gifts, their Christmas will have the joy and innocence that comes with complete and utter faith and the gifts are merely evidence of that. It’s just such a shame that they come at such a price.
Have a good Christmas guys.