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Season of Goodwill

by Sue 

Posted: 23 December 2004
Word Count: 408
Summary: A small article about Christmas

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The Season of Goodwill.

Do we really believe that today, as adults. Can we appreaciate the spirit of Christmas - not just the Religious part - but the goodwill to other people, even animals?

We seem to start missing the point somewhere around the stage of when its your turn to start buying presents, food, counting the money. You go out with 'x' amount of money and come back with nothing. You get fed up of spending - I know I have.

We read in the papers, and see on the news, animals being dumped to make way for new ones which will be probably dumped after when the child gets fed up of it, of wars, and killings.

But these things go on day after day all year and we always think do they have to do it now, at Christmas. Remember in the First World War (if my history serves me right) when both sides actually stopped shooting and joined together in No Mans Land and shared smokes and played football?

Oh, these things do occur. Though wait a minute. Have a look at this time of year through the eyes of a child - whatever their age - I always do it through the youngest you could possible think of - about 4, just in school, taking part in the nativity plays, the dark hall where they would do their PE lessons now covered in decorations and with a large tree aglow with lights. I looked at my primary school's whilst taking my daughter in the day after the teachers had spent about 2 hours putting up the decorations the night before and thought it looked magically. the delight they see in meeting Santa in a city centre, seeing decorations being turned on at night when its cold and wet (I know, I did it this year). You must agree that seeing those bright Christmas lights do bring a bit of cheer to the cold winter months of December.

So whilst we go about spending our money, fighting the crowds, let us remember that we do this every year for the children! That one day, when they no longer believe in Santa and they give us hugh lists of big expensive things like MP3 players, DVD players and don't want Lego, or Teddy Bears any more and, worse still, no longer believe in Santa, we will wish they were little again.


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Richard Brown at 16:37 on 23 December 2004  Report this post

Thanks for this. Very seasonal - some punchy points too. As you suggest, Christmas is generally a very special time for the children lucky enough to experience all the decoration, the nativity plays, the presents and so forth. Not so good, of course, for those in poverty.

You are surely right also to suggest that what evidently doesn't happen is that the negative aspects of life vanish as though by magic. I do think it's possible, though, for adults to tap into their own 'inner child' and enjoy at least some of the razzamatazz no matter what age they are.

I spotted a few typos and technicalities but I'm sure you don't want to know about those at this stage of the year!

A Happy Christmas to you too!


Account Closed at 08:26 on 24 December 2004  Report this post
Lovely, Sue and I totally agree that it is only for the children but that their belief makes it all worth while. I think you could probably expand this and include more examples of good and bad will.

HC to you too

Sue at 14:49 on 24 December 2004  Report this post
Hi Richard and Elspeth,

Thank you so much for your comments. It is true what Elspeth says however. The children's belief makes it worth while. Have you ever walked around a supermarket, 8 year in tow, on Christmas Eve, singing Merry Christmas Everybody? Its perfectly acceptable! You cannot help be caught up in their excitement. Brain has completely turned off now! See you all in the New Year.


Sue Jones

Mr B. at 09:36 on 25 December 2004  Report this post
I agree with the 'balance-sheet'approach to Christmas, where people feel somehow ripped-off if they don't come out with more than they put in.

An argument I have heard against the nostalgic christmas ideal based around childhood innocence and excitement is this: by prolonging the myth of idealism are we setting children up for a fall when they encounter harsh reality? I think this is a very cynical view but for the sake of playing Devil's Advocate...

jewelsx at 01:38 on 22 February 2005  Report this post

i know my dad wishes i was little again, he loves christmas more than anyone i know. but i have to confess at the thought of putting my tree up and singing christmas carols at the top of my lungs i can't wait for december to come back round, even if i am still paying off some of my visa bills.

all the best


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