It's that time again. You know. A month til Christmas (can we skip it this year?). Commercialism, television advertisements telling you that there is only 'n' days until Christmas and everyone clamouring that their goods must not be missed. This means shopping becomes crowded, streets become crowded, and there's traffic jams. Everything takes twice as long to do. It's enough to send me screaming into the hills.
I have already turned television OFF, as there is nothing but repeats of old series already watched, which they play year after year. I bet you Die Hard will play AGAIN this year! As much as I like Bruce Willis I have no hankering to watch that movie for the 10th time! It became boring after the first three!
Then there's the food. My local supermarket put the Christmas Chocolate display up a whole month ago. I was taken aback at that. Yesterday I saw the Hams and Turkeys already selling, and I've already been rung by a local winery with a Christmas special on bubbly. As much as I like Bubbly, I can't see myself drinking a whole 12 bottles of it with my Mother. We would both need to book into the addiction services by January 1st!
So, this year I'm going to do Christmas lightly. As I'm an atheist, I'm not into the Christian bit of Jesus's birth, and as I don't like commercialism, presents will be kept to a minimum. Food will consist of a nice dinner with my mother where we will sit down, drink, and solve the worlds problems, which will mean that World Peace will reign shortly thereafter.
We'll do local forays around and about, and explore Marlborough Nooks and Crannies. If it's fine we'll go for a picnic at the river or at Whites Bay, or pop over to the Abel Tasman for a days walk.
We'll eat healthy food and lose 5 kilos instead of gaining it.
If anyone wants to join us, you are welcome. Just let me know.