The shoppings all done, the bank accounts have taken a hammering, and the hatches have been battened down.
No Public Transport for two days, no buses or trains, only expensive taxi's, if you don't have your own transport.
The government are very quick to tell us we should use Public Transport, but how can we do so when there is nothing running? Doesn't make a lot of sense to me, does it to you?
So, it looks like a sort of enforced entrenchment for the next two days. Dire Christmas Television, turkey, and booze. Some peoples idea of "fun" I suppose, but not mine.
Why is "Christmas" enforced on those of us who don't really celebrate it? I mean, I am a pagan, therefore my festival was on the 22nd, the Winter Solstice, or Shortest Day.
On t.v. you just cannot escape Christmas, whatever channel you switch to, and as we have had to put up with Christmas Commercials since October, we've just about had enough of it all, long before the Day itself.
Another thing that annoys me is all the "enforced" and "false" gaiety that goes with it. Not everyone enjoys Christmas, for many older people it's a time of reflections, not all of them happy. Family doesn't understand if you say that you just want to be by yourself, they make you feel disloyal if you don't join in the family Christmas Lunch, with it's crackers, paper hats, and silly jokes.
So, how will I be spending my Christmas? Well, one thing I won't be doing is what a couple of friends of mine did one year. They sat through the whole of Wagner's "Ring Cycle" opera, the full eight hours of it! They deserved a medal!
I shall be cooking a good dinner, having a couple of drinks, but I won't get drunk. I shall be spending time online, and of course on Newsvine, although I doubt if there will be any "Hot News" to report. Still, I could be wrong.
Anyway, here's wishing you all a very Happy Holiday, whatever you may be doing, or how you may choose to spend your Day.