I know it sounds a little crazy to write about Christmas right after they have finished, but as I love Christmas I didn´t want to miss the opportunity to speak about them.
Many people assure that they hate Christmas because they promote consumerism. It can´t be denied that, in recent years, lots of shops are starting their Christmas campaigns sooner so by mid November you can see the Christmas décor. Moreover, streets are collapsed of frantic shoppers the days before the holidays.
“You always end up buying unnecessary gifts!”, cry the opponents of Christmas. However, these dates are also used as an excuse to honour our loved ones. There are few gifts that can be considered strictly necessary, but we shouldn´t measure the success of a gift by its utility. The most important thing with a gift is whether the person receiving it likes it or not.
As with Christmas, many people criticize Valentine´s Day, which I also love, because of its consumerist spirit. In Spain, the most heard phrase is that Valentine’s Day is a festival organized by shops and that any day is good to honour your partner. I couldn´t agree more with this last statement. However, how many details do we normally have with people around us? A Mexican friend told me that in her country Valentine’s Day celebrates love in general which means that you also give flowers to your friends, relatives… I think that it’s a really good idea.
Going back to Christmas, the other major statement used against them is that they are never the same when you have lost a relative. I can understand this reason. Christmas is a family celebration, so you especially miss your beloved ones, but when you reach a certain age is very likely that you have lost someone and that’s not Christmas fault.
In conclusion, I hope that you have had a very happy Christmas, that 2010 will be an amazing year and that the Olentzero and/or the Kings have brought you many gifts. And don´t forget that Valentine’s Day is coming soon!