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If you are a person that loves xmas and all family feasts, you better not read this blog ;). Can't say I didn't warn you.
I once saw a movie called "The Gods must be crazy". It's an old one from the eighties and very funny at times. The story is about a village of bushmen that finds a coca cola bottle. It's their first encounter with western technologyand everyone in the village wants to use it for something, because it's hard and easier to use then their own tools. When the chief of the village views how his people are arguing about the use of the bottle and get into more and more fights because of it, he takes the bottle to throw it over the edge of the world en get rid of it. HIs journey to the edge of the world is full of funny encounters.
The main part of this movie that I remembered, was that for those bushmen it's always tuesday. Their sense of time is based on the sun, but they don't care what day it is, nor if it's something special. I think they have some rituals, of course, but not related to time.
While I am very happy to have a 2 weeks holiday right now, I can't stand all the fuss that is being made around some feasts. Especially xmas which, to me, is one of the most commercial and hypocritical ones of all.
Is there anyone out there who knows what we are celebrating? The birth of Christ? The birth of the new light? Santa Claus?
If it's the birth of Christ, then why are all non believers celebrating? If it's the birth of light, why are the ppl in Australia for instance celebrating? If it's Santa Claus we are massively celebrating the feast of Coca Cola, for they are the ones that invented him. I always knew xmas was a commercial feast ;).
Any thought of where the xmas tree came from? I have heard they didn't do that before WWI. One soldier put a branch of a pine tree in his hut to have a bit of green in the winter.
In my country (The Netherlands and Belgium) we celebrate SInterklaas. It's a childrens feast where kids get presents from a guy with a long white beard and a red hat. Sounds familiar? Now many kids expect to get presents at SInterklaas and at Xmas. The shops are doing very good bussiness starting in november till januari.
I am so sick of all the money wasting that goes on right now. Because of Xmas a lot of people are collecting money for charity. That's of course a very good thing. A huge national action here is trying to collect 2,5 million euro. If they reach that amount the government will add the same amount so they will have 5 million euro for refugees. The people who raise this money will sit in a glass house, make radio and won't eat for 5 days. The whole country is contributing with money and actions to raise money. It's a very nice thing and it brings people together in a common goal.
Now last year, they raised about the same amount of money. Everyone was soo happy and the money was given to charity and lots of people could be helped of it. About a week later they told us on the news that the people in our country spent about 3 times that amount on fireworks.
To me, it means that no matter what you do, most people care more about their own pleasure then about their fellow humans. As long as this is still the case, xmas and other feasts like that are just a frustration for me. I don't celebrate it.
When I want to be with my family, I can do that in februari or any other day I feel like it. When I want to give my friends a present, I just do so. When I want to contribute to charity I'll pick something that lasts longer then Xmas.
I wished every day was a tuesday and peace on earth was a normal thing. I warned you this wasn't going to be a pleasent read in these "happy holidays". I just hope my blog will give you a bit of awareness about these days and will make you think of others a bit more then of yourself and your loved ones.